The Foster Farms poultry processing plant in Union Parish is undergoing a $30 million expansion that will add 50 jobs.

The cut-up and deboning departments at the Farmerville plant will undergo extensive modernization and upgrading. Foster Farms said the expansion should be completed by October.

Nearly 1,100 people work at Foster Farms, which has an annual payroll of $34.8 million. The new jobs will add 42 indirect jobs to Union Parish.

California-based Foster Farms has had a presence in Louisiana since 2009, when the company bought the former Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant and re-opened it. Along with Louisiana Economic Development, the company invested $100 million to improve the plant, reopen it and rebuild inventory.

Laura Flanagan, president and chief executive officer of Foster Farms, said the expansion of the Farmerville plant positions the company for future growth and flexibility.

Foster Farms and the state began talking about the expansion in December. Foster Farms will receive a $500,000 modernization tax credit from Louisiana Economic Development and the company is expected to use the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

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