Custom Craft Poultry will be opening a new poultry processing plant in Little Rock on Asher Avenue.
The Arkansas-headquartered company has remodeled the former Odom’s Tennessee Pride plant located on Asher Avenue as part of a $10 million project. In addition to this Little Rock plant, Custom Craft Poultry has a plant in Batesville and an office in Fayetteville.
“We are very proud of our facility in Batesville and look forward to the additional opportunities that Little Rock holds for team members and customers,” CEO Randell Smith said in a statement. “We are focused on providing the same quality and service our customers have grown to expect from our company. It will also provide a great employment opportunity for the people of Little Rock and surrounding areas.”
This expansion is expected to grow Custom Craft Poultry’s total by 290 new jobs. In total, the company will employ approximately 500 individuals in Batesville and Little Rock.
“Poultry is a huge part of the economy in Arkansas,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “Custom Craft Poultry’s decision to expand into Little Rock demonstrates that local businesses can grow and thrive here in The Natural State even when times seem tough. I congratulate them on this recent success.”
Custom Craft Poultry produces approximately 60 million pounds of poultry annually, according to the company. The Little Rock plant will produce fresh poultry for food service and further processing.
According to a social media post, the company officially began operations at its Little Rock location on May 19.