Mountaire opens North Carolina processing plant


 Officials in North Carolina cut the ribbon on this week on the  $170 million Mountaire processing plant in Siler City.

The 40-acre complex will employ up to 1,250 people when all shifts are hired, and contribute millions of dollars to the economy of the region.

The site formerly housed a  Townsend. processing plant, 

This is Mountaire’s fourth processing plant and its second in North Carolina. Mountaire has 10,000 employees and headquarters operations in Delaware.

“We are so happy to be open for business in Siler City,” said Phillip Plylar, president of Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken processor. “This is an exciting time for our company as we continue to grow.  We are incredibly thankful for our loyal customers and hardworking team members that have enabled this growth.  We are especially grateful to all of the officials in Chatham County and Siler City who helped make this project possible, and we look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship.”


The plant will have the capacity to harvest 1.4 million chickens each week, all grown locally by more than 100 family farmers. The company also owns and operates two hatcheries in Chatham County near Siler City.

“Mountaire has been a leader in the North Carolina agriculture sector for years,” said North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. “The expansion of the new facility in our state not only showcases their success but also their commitment to our workforce and communities. I’m excited to see this company grow and continue to impact our state in a positive way.”

All Mountaire employees who participate in the company’s health insurance plans are also eligible to get free health care at the company’s on-site Health & Wellness Center, operated by Premise Health. A primary care doctor is on staff and along with other health care professionals, provide a range of services all free of charge to employees and their families. Services include primary care visits, medical testing, some prescription drugs, and other services.

Officials also cut a ribbon at the Health & Wellness Center at Siler City.