Foster Farms president and chief executive officer Laura Flanagan announced Feb. 7 a multimillion-dollar capital investment project that will support an expansion and upgrade of the company’s poultry processing facility in Livingston, Cal.
The investment will expand the facility’s product lines, which currently provide 2,032 jobs in Merced County, Cal., according to an announcement from the county. Additional jobs will be added as part of the expansion.
Construction for the Foster Farms expansion project has already begun, with completion scheduled for September 2019. The expansion has been made possible by a $6.5 million economic incentive package developed by state and local government leaders, working in concert with Foster Farms executive staff, the announcement said.
The package includes resources from California Competes, the California Energy Commission Food Production Investment Program, the Merced County Expanded Subsidized Employment Program and the Merced County On-the-Job Training Program, as well as incentives from the city of Livingston.
"The expansion of a local company that employs more than 2,000 people is of particular importance in a community where every job and source of revenue counts," said Merced County Board of Supervisors vice chairman Rodrigo Espinoza, who also represents Livingston as a district supervisor.
"Foster Farms is expanding its Livingston operation to allow for future growth and diversification of our customer mix on the West Coast," Flanagan said. "Foster Farms first opened a plant in the city of Livingston in 1959. Since then, we have been very pleased with the quality of the workforce, the access the location provides us to California markets and the partnership of state and local officials in helping us to succeed in California."
Family owned and operated since 1939, Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all-natural chicken and turkey products. Based in California’s Central Valley, with ranches in the Pacific Northwest, the company’s fresh chicken and turkey are produced in or near each region it serves.