LITTLE ROCK — Vikon Farms announced Monday it will invest $5.4 million in locating a poultry processing plant in Arkadelphia that eventually will employ more than 170 workers within four years.
The plant will be housed in the former Petit Jean Poultry facility.
The company said it also will contract with a significant number of growers from El Dorado and Union County, along with a Vikon supported hatchery in Prescott.
El Dorado was hurt by the closure of a Pilgrim’s Pride facility in the region nearly three years ago. Vikon produces a specialty breed of chicken that serves numerous Asian markets.
"We are excited to be here," said Quan Phu, president and CEO of Vikon Farms. "We appreciate the extensive amount of support from the Arkadelphia Economic Development Alliance and Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Our expansion to Arkansas could not have been done without the unwavering assistance of the Arkadelphia, El Dorado and Prescott communities."
Vikon Farms raises chickens that are free-range and naturally grown. The poultry maintains an all-grain diet with no hormones or antibiotics added.
Vikon Farms will be the first company to locate in Arkadelphia and Clark County since the passage of the community’s Economic Development Tax.
"This is the type of announcement that shows exactly how working together can pay off," said Shawnie Carrier, president and CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance. "Vikon Farms will be a name all of southwest Arkansas can be proud of."
Carrier said the Vikon CEO "expressed the attention to detail and welcoming nature of Clark County and Arkansas helped make the decision to move his California business here. We are so glad he did."