Bell & Evans’ Chicken Processing Facility, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, US
Bell & Evans, a US-based chicken producer, is investing over $260 million in a new poultry processing facility in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The facility, scheduled for completion in early 2020, aims to meet the increasing demand for Bell & Evans' chicken products and support its retail and foodservice business. It will also enable the expansion of the company's organic product line. The state-of-the-art plant, covering 560,000 square feet, will feature four processing lines capable of handling 600,000 birds per week. The facility will also include supporting infrastructure such as a wastewater treatment plant, rendering plant, warehousing facility, and composting building. Bell & Evans plans to source chickens from local farms within a 60-minute drive from the facility. The project is expected to create 1,069 full-time jobs and retain an additional 1,650 jobs in the community. Stellar, an engineering firm, is responsible for the design and construction of the facility. Bell & Evans is known for its high-quality poultry products, including fresh and organic chicken, and its customers include Wegmans and Whole Foods Market.