July 2, 2008
Rancho Poultry to build US$43 million chicken processing plant

Chicken processor Rancho Poultry LLC will invest more than US$43 million for the building of a processing plant in the US state of Kentucky.

The planned facility will be 100,000-square foot large, occupying 25 acres in Lebanon, Marion County of Kentucky.


Two processing lines capable of producing 60 million pounds of partially cooked, battered and breaded chicken products will be installed. Rancho is considering adding a third product line.


The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority granted final approval to Rancho Poultry in June 2008, for tax benefits of as much as US$7.5 million under the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act, a programme designed to increase manufacturing employment in the state.


The plant is expected to bring about 250 jobs to the area.


Rancho Poultry is a major supplier of processed chicken to restaurants and food stores, with McDonald's as one of its customers.

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