Aviagen will invest $35.3 million to expand in Pikeville with a new state-of-the-art feed mill off the U.S. 127 bypass, Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced on Thursday, July 16.
Aviagen is a leading global company of poultry breeders which already has a footprint in the area after purchasing Hubbard Breeders in 2018. The project seeks to create up to 36 new jobs in Pikeville as part of a larger ongoing expansion across the region.
“With operations in Pikeville, Crossville and throughout the Cumberland Plateau, Aviagen is committed to the great state of Tennessee,” Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen said. “Our strategy is to continue to expand our local footprint, contributing to the growth in jobs, while also providing quality breeding stock to our customers throughout the U.S. and around the world.”
Governor Lee said the announcement will bring much-needed jobs to the area.
“Aviagen’s substantial investment in Pikeville is welcome news for Bledsoe County and its residents,” Gov. Lee said. “Together with other recent job announcements, Aviagen’s expansion promises to help Tennessee’s economy gain its footing and get back on track.”
For more, see the July 23 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.