New Benton County Facility

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About the Project

Simmons Prepared Foods’ new Benton County chicken operation will produce high-quality fresh and frozen prepared chicken products in response to steady and growing customer demand. The design will feature modern production facilities and contemporary office space supported with best-in-class environmental technologies. The operation will employ approximately 2,300 people (at full capacity) and contract with local farmers.

Simmons’ existing operations in the Decatur, Arkansas area include a feed mill, hatchery, propane business, business offices and a chicken processing facility, along with a dry pet food production facility operated by Simmons Pet Food.

  • Scheduled to open in 2019

  • 1,500+ New Jobs by 2022

  • $300+ Million Simmons Investment

  • 870+ Acre Parcel (5% land use)

  • 315,000+ Estimated Square Feet


Project Development & Planning

  • Simmons will follow all local, state and federal requirements in the development of this project.

  • This project will relocate operations from Simmons’ existing facility 2.2 miles away in Decatur to a site between Gentry and Decatur, Arkansas along Highway 59.

  • We are excited about the modern, less intrusive exterior of this new facility. This facility will not look anything like the production facilities of its kind in Northwest Arkansas.

  • Simmons is working with experts on issues and solutions on items such as land use, water, air quality, noise and traffic.

  • Simmons is working with engineers and land-use experts to ensure we locate the facility on the site to minimize the impact to the landscape and natural the beauty of the area. 

  • 95% of the 870+ acre parcel will return to its current use or remain “as-is”.

  • Every feasible effort has been made to strategically locate this facility near the center of the 870+ acre parcel to provide a natural landscape buffer. Additional natural screening is also included in the site plans.

  • The proposed site was carefully selected based on criteria including the needs of our local communities, proximity to municipalities able to provide services, proximity to a major transportation route and a parcel size that would allow for sufficient natural buffer.

  • Simmons is committed to designing, constructing and operating the facility to ensure we add value to the community. 

 
 
Project Planning
 
 
Site Plan

 
 
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Economic Development

  • Payroll projections for the new facility in Benton County, based on current hourly wages and operating at full capacity in 2022, will generate more than $86.0 million annually to be infused into Benton County and surrounding area economies.
  • The average hourly wage at Simmons’ existing Decatur facility is approximately $16.00.

  • The potential demand for new and expanded service-oriented businesses, such as retail stores, grocery stores, and desirable commercial and residential development will help boost the local economy.

  • Simmons will pay an estimated $2.0 Million per year in water rates to the City of Gentry.

  • Simmons will pay an estimated $2.6 Million per year in sewer rates to the City of Decatur.

  • Simmons is proud to use local businesses and suppliers at every opportunity.


About Simmons

Simmons Prepared Foods is a farm-to-fork poultry producer primarily supplying customer brands with premium chicken products for the foodservice industry. Simmons is a respected supplier and is known for meeting demanding specifications. As a vertically-integrated producer, Simmons Prepared Foods can supply custom products to some of the world’s largest retailers and food chains. The company operates 3 hatcheries and 2 feed mills supplying nearly 300 independent poultry growers. Simmons Prepared Foods’ six processing plants produce 750 million pounds of finished product/year.