Mid-States Specialty Eggs to build plant in Berryville
Berryville's economy appears to be sunny side up.
According to a press release from the city, Mid-States Specialty Eggs, Inc. (MSSE) is planning to build its first Arkansas egg processing and distribution plant in Berryville beginning this month.
MSSE processes and distributes around 100,000 dozen specialty eggs per day. Specialty eggs are eggs from chickens that are grown outside cages and fed with organic, not genetically modified, feed. A majority of the specialty eggs are shipped to California.
A press release from the city of Berryville notes that the plant will be a 57,000-square-foot facility built off Hailey Road. It will be a mirror image of the company's modern egg processing plant in Smithton, Mo., the release says, and will employ 25 full-time and 15 to 20 part-time or contract employees.
The city, the release adds, plans to extend Primrose Road and the water and sewage to the company's property line.
Mayor Tim McKinney said the job opportunities will be a huge asset to the community.
"That's the big upside," McKinney said.
Along with job creation, McKinney noted, the MSSE facility will spur additional opportunities for Carroll County farmers. The press release states that older chicken houses are being phased out by new requirements but can be used for the "on the floor" growing of the chickens producing eggs for MSSE.
"This should provide alternatives for our local farmers," McKinney said.
Chamber director Chris Claybaker recalled visiting MSSE's plant in Missouri, saying the plant is clean and managed well.
"I was extremely impressed with Mid-States' operations," Claybaker said. "They are on the cutting edge of technology, and they are setting the standard for this new phenomenal growth market of organic products."
Dale Shrock and Marion Hostetler founded MSSE in 2009 as a way to distribute the eggs produced by their hens. Their poultry is certified as being humanely treated.