Simmons Foods’ Plant Near Completion

SILOAM SPRINGS — Simmons Foods’ new $300 million chicken processing facility in western Benton County is near completion and scheduled to open in October.

On Tuesday, officials and the media joined company executives for a tour of the 315,000-square-foot plant on 870 acres along Arkansas 59 between Gentry and Decatur.

The facility will kill chickens supplied by about 300 independent family farmers to produce fresh and frozen chicken products, according to Donny Epp, senior director of communications for the company. It will replace the processing facility in Decatur.

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