Natural State to gain poultry jobs

Blue Rooster is finalizing plans to open a poultry deboning operation at the former H&L Poultry plant in Warren, and anticipates 100 new jobs will be created, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Blue Rooster’s operation will primarily focus on deboning poultry for Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), a family-owned company based in Rogers. OMP produces more than 3 million pounds of antibiotic-free poultry per week for the restaurant industry and for retail under the Forester Farmer’s Market brand. OMP will also be a majority owner of the newly formed company.

Work is already under way to get the facility ready for production in October.

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Blue Rooster is leasing the former H&L facility through an agreement with the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

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