JACKSON, MISS. — Tyson Foods has unveiled plans to invest $61 million to expand its poultry plant in Vicksburg, Miss. As part of the expansion, Tyson will increase production capacity of chicken products for foodservice customers such as restaurants and schools.

The Vicksburg facility employs approximately 500 people, and the expansion will add another 50 jobs, Tyson said.

“The demand for convenient, high-quality chicken products continues to grow, and there is no brand more trusted than Tyson — we are pleased to invest in our business as we invest in the great state of Mississippi,” said David Bray, group president of Poultry at Tyson. “We’d like to thank the Mississippi Development Authority and Warren County for their assistance and support of this project.”

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements, while Warren County and Entergy Mississippi also are assisting with the project.

The expansion is expected to be complete by next summer.