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Independence County receives EDA grant for infrastructure near new feed mill in Magness

BATESVILLE, Arkansas (June 6, 2015) – Independence County has received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The EDA grant will go toward infrastructure improvements near Ozark Mountain Poultry’s new feed mill in Magness, Arkansas.

Attending the grant announcement today in Independence County were U.S. Sen. John Boozman, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

"This is a great investment in an Arkansas company, Independence County and the people who call this region home,” said Senator Boozman. “These improvements will allow Ozark Mountain Poultry to grow and create more opportunities for the community.”

The new feed mill is a $30 million investment in the area to support OMP’s growing operations. The new mill will triple production of feed and allow for feeding 2.1 million birds per week.

“It’s great to see the growing presence of poultry in the 1st District,” said Congressman Crawford. “OMP’s new feed mill in Magness will bring jobs and further opportunities to our part of the state.”

Ozark Mountain Poultry already has a presence in Independence County. In October 2013, the company purchased a 43,500-square-foot processing facility in Batesville as well as a feed mill and hatchery for servicing live operations. As part of the investment in Independence County, OMP is purchasing the building next door to its Batesville facility. That building will be retrofitted to accommodate a poultry first processing line.

Both projects are scheduled for completion in early 2016.

“We’re proud to continue to grow our business operations in Independence County and deliver quality products to consumers around the country,” said Ed Fryar, CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry.

The EDA grant falls under the category of Public Works and Economic Development Facilities and will allow Independence County to develop needed infrastructure including an access road and rail spur.

“This grant will go a long way in helping an Arkansas-based business expand,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “It’s encouraging to watch this company experience significant, continued growth in the state. Thanks to the EDA for making an investment that will help create new jobs for many citizens of Independence County.”

About Ozark Mountain Poultry

OMP Foods is a family-owned company based in Rogers, Arkansas. The company’s poultry processing operation, Ozark Mountain Poultry, produces more than 4 million pounds of antibiotic free poultry per week for the restaurant industry and its consumer based brand Forester Farmer’s Market.  The company also operates Customer Link, a creative sales and marketing company focused on product/brand development, planning and sales and marketing. OMP Foods employs approximately 1300 employees. Additional information about the company can be found by visiting www.ompfoods.com.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. For more information on the EDA, visit www.eda.gov.