Egg processing facility nearing completion

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mid-States Specialty Eggs, Inc. (MSSE) is nearing the end of construction of a new egg processing facility in Berryville.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney reported Monday that MSSE is installing equipment, saying construction hit a roadblock when MSSE was required to have two lift stations. McKinney said the city has been working on that second lift station with MSSE.

"We've got some issues with trying to get the lift station built and ready in time because we had to add that as kind of an afterthought, but everything else is going well," McKinney said.

McKinney added that representatives of MSSE still hope to finish construction by mid-April.

MSSE, which processes and distributed around 100,000 dozen specialty eggs per day, announced plans to build in Berryville last August. Built off Hailey Road, the plant will be MSSE's first egg processing and distribution plant in Arkansas.

It will be a 57,000-square-foot facility, the mirror image of the company's modern egg processing plant in Smithton, Mo. It will employ 25 full-time and 15 to 20 part-time employes.

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.

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