Poultry producer invests $35 million in Bledsoe County operation

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A global poultry breeding company with operations in Tennessee will invest $35.3 million to expand in Pikeville with a new feed mill, creating up to 36 new jobs.

"Our strategy is to continue to expand our local footprint, contributing to the growth in jobs, while also providing quality breeding stock to our customers throughout the U.S. and around the world," Jan Henriksen, CEO of Aviagen, said in an announcement of the expansion Thursday.

The Huntsville, Alabama-based company has operations in Pikeville, Crossville and throughout the Cumberland Plateau, and employs more than 700 people across Tennessee. Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle said the feed mill will bring much-needed jobs to the area.

"We feel they will be a great asset for our community with jobs and the economic impact for the Sequatchie Valley," he said.