ST. PAULS, N.C. — Sanderson Farms has opened a new 180,000-square-foot, $155 million processing plant and wastewater treatment facility in St. Pauls. In addition to employing 100 contract growers, the deboning facility will employ 1,100 people.
The plant, which was built on a greenfield site, will utilize a mechanical wastewater treatment system for recycling wastewater. The recycled water will be used on a neighboring 1,500-acre plot of land owned by the company.
The St. Pauls’ poultry complex will process 1.25 million birds per week for the big bird deboning market, Sanderson said, and it also will process approximately 500 million lbs of dressed poultry meat annually.The new facility is the company’s 11th fully integrated poultry processing facility in the United States. Sanderson also has a 65,000-square-foot hatchery in Lumberton, N.C., and a feed mill in Kinston, N.C.