Tyson Foods said it has opened its new $31 million incubation technology center, located at the corner of East Huntsville Avenue and North Monitor Road in east Springdale. The 75,000 square-foot center, which has been under construction for about a year, will supply chicks for its Northwest Arkansas broiler chicken and Cornish hen operations.
“This state-of-the-art incubation center allows us to centralize some of our operations so we can be more efficient,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry. “It was built with the best technology available and with the highest level of biosecurity in mind, which is best for the overall health of the birds being hatched here.”
The incubation technology center will replace the company’s hatcheries in Lincoln as well as the former location on Randall Wobbe Road in Springdale. The company said 35 people will be employed at the new center.
Tyson Foods said the new facility was built with the latest advances in biosecurity, including high-tech ventilation and internal environmental controls that continually circulate fresh air throughout the building. The new site also uses six robotic arms which were installed to assist with worker safety and improved ergonomics. The company these robotic arms will perform repetitive tasks that can lead to strain and muscle fatigue in workers.