LAUREL, MISS. – Sanderson Farms, Inc. plans to build a poultry processing complex near Palestine, Texas. The complex will feature a processing plant, feed mill, hatchery and wastewater facility.

Executives said the Palestine plant will complement its other poultry processing operations in Bryan and Waco, Texas.

“The state of Texas has been an outstanding place for Sanderson Farms to do business,” said Joe Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “We look forward to the new marketing opportunities the new facility will create for us in this important region.

“However, construction of the new facility remains on hold until we have better visibility on future prices and availability of grain, and is subject to other contingencies, including obtaining necessary permits, negotiating construction contracts, completing construction and obtaining board approval to move forward with the project.”

This past November, the company ended its efforts to build a poultry processing complex in Nash County, N.C. The company said it decided against moving forward with the project due to legal challenges that may have delayed construction.