Plans Under Way for New Poultry Federation Building

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Tyson Foods Inc. has given $1 million to initiate a capital campaign that will result in a new building for the Little Rock office of The Poultry Federation, according to a Tuesday news release.

“The gift from Tyson Foods will be used to begin the footprint of the Poultry Federation building,” Tyson CEO Donnie Smith said in the release issued by the federation. “This gift stems from a commitment Don Tyson made in 2010. Don was always a firm supporter of The Poultry Federation and its mission. He had a vision of a new building using the same location.

“Tyson Foods is happy to be in a position where we can initiate the campaign for a new building.”

TPF president Marvin Childers said the “generous nature of this gift cannot be underestimated.”

Plans call for TPF’s current structure, located at 321 South Victory, to be razed, according to the release. A new, single-story structure will be built at the same site.

TPF staff will work out of another office during construction of the new building, which Childers said in the release should be ready “during the 2013 legislative session.”

TPF plans to raise an additional $1.5 million in addition to the gift from Tyson. TPF is a tri-state trade association representing the poultry and egg industry in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.