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Sanderson Farms Annouces Site For New Poultry Plant

by 5m Editor
13 January 2006, at 12:00am

Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Site for New Poultry Complex in Texas - US - Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: SAFM) announced today that sites in Waco and McLennan County, Texas have been selected for construction of a new poultry processing plant and wastewater treatment facility and hatchery.

Sanderson Farms, Inc. Announces Site for New Poultry Complex in Texas - US - Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced today that sites in Waco and McLennan County, Texas have been selected for construction of a new poultry processing plant and wastewater treatment facility and hatchery.

These facilities will comprise a state-of-the-art poultry complex with the capacity to process 1.2 million birds per week for the big bird deboning market. At full capacity, the complex will employ approximately 1,300 people, will require 150 contract growers, and will be equipped to process and sell 8.4 million pounds per week of dressed poultry meat at full production.

Sanderson Farms expects to invest approximately $70 million in the new Texas complex, and anticipates that associated contract growers will invest an additional $115 million in poultry production facilities. The Company expects to begin construction of the facilities this spring, with initial operation of the new complex scheduled to begin in May of 2007. Sanderson Farms will also expand its feed mill in Easterly, Texas, and use that feed milling capacity to satisfy the live production needs associated with the new complex.

According to Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chief executive officer and chairman of Sanderson Farms, Inc., the selection of these sites followed a thorough and deliberate process that has been on-going for some time. "We are grateful for the cooperation we received from the economic development and governmental officials in the City of Waco, McLennan County and the State of Texas," said Sanderson. "We believe this expansion will enhance our ability to drive revenues and earnings, and allow us to continue our record of building value for our shareholders. The additional big bird capacity of 1.2 million birds per week represented by the new complex will also allow us to maintain the favorable mix we enjoy between the retail and big bird deboning markets. We began this project essentially debt free, and are pleased that our recent financial performance has put us in a position to continue to grow our Company."

Sanderson Farms, Inc. is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Its shares trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol SAFM.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current views and assumptions. Actual results and events may differ. For a discussion of these matters, please refer to the "Cautionary Statement Regarding Risks and Uncertainties That May Affect Future Performance" in Item 7 of the Company's 2005 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Source: Sanderson Farms - 13th January 2006

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