Phoenix Innovations, a manufacturer of processing equipment in the protein industry, has acquired and is expanding the former Dalton King Packaging facility in Russellville. The plant will employ up to 50 over the next three years.
The expansion is expected to be complete by 2023.
“Phoenix Innovations is excited to be manufacturing in Russellville and our ownership are deeply rooted in this community,” Nate Harrison, president of Russellville-based Phoenix Innovations, noted in a statement. “Our kids go to school here, we support local youth organizations, and are actively involved in our area churches. Russellville, Arkansas, is a great place to conduct business and we are excited about what the future holds.”
Founded two years ago, Phoenix Innovations specializes in poultry injection equipment, heat exchanging equipment, product transfer systems, and bird chilling systems. They are known in the protein industry for their Phoenix Ultra-Strong injector needles and their new Firebird series poultry injector.
As part of the expansion, Phoenix Innovations will add an additional 25,000 square feet of space in two different areas of the existing structure to provide manufacturing space for additional product lines. By raising the roof on one section, Phoenix will be able to acquire bridge cranes.
“Arkansas is committed to helping small businesses reach their full potential,” said Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. “Small businesses like Phoenix Innovations play a vital role in our state’s economy and enrich the communities where they locate. As Phoenix Innovations takes this next step in their development, we will be with them every step of the way and look forward to a prosperous partnership.”