$110 million Tyson Foods expansion bringing 500 jobs to Dooly County

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VIENNA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Residents in Dooly County say they can’t wait for the expansion project at the Tyson Foods plan to finish. 

The company announced plans Tuesday to build on to the current facility and create more jobs. The county’s commission chair says the move will be a game changer for the surrounding area. 

There’s a certain charm about Vienna. Dooly County’s largest city, like so many others in rural Georgia, is quiet, but big business in the background is making some noise. 

"They decided they really would rather be in be in Georgia than in Virginia, and we’re proud they made that decision," Hudson said. 

It’s been about 20 years since the Tyson poultry plant opened up in Vienna. Since then, it’s grown even larger. Now the 100,000 square foot expansion will bring even more jobs to the area.

"We’re real proud for our community, I am, that you know this addition will add that many more jobs to our county," one resident said. 

Tyson Foods is investing $100 million over the next year to prepare for the addition. Residents say the move couldn’t have come at a better time.

"If you’ve got a job here, you’re thankful for it. So this addition of 500 or so jobs, that’ll be great for our community," a Dooly resident said. 

According to the governor’s office, the Vienna plan is one of the largest poultry producers in the state. 

"It’ll boost the number of dollars that’s revolving in our economy and that’s a good thing," Hudson said. 

Hudson, who has served on the commission for the last 29 years, says from the beginning he’s made it his number one priority to make Dooly County’s economy successful. 

"I’m just tickled to death to see something like this happen. This is just as big as getting the plant to begin with," Hudson said.

He adds plans are to have the expansion completed by summer 2016.  

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