VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) -- A new $75 million turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana is set to start operations next week.
State and local officials joined Farbest Foods president Ted Seger for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tours Monday of the new factory in a Vincennes industrial park.
Seger says the new factory is the most highly automated turkey processing plant in the world, allowing it to operate with about 25 percent fewer workers than the company's plant in the Dubois (doo-BOYS') County city of Huntingburg.
The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports the factory will have about 300 workers when its first shift reaches full production. Seger says a second shift could be added depend on market demand.
Farbest expects its Vincennes and Huntingburg factories to process about 12.7 million turkeys a year.