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Fieldale expanding Murrayville plant, adding at least 100 jobs
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A paving crew works at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Hubert Stephens Road Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, building a new entrance into Fieldale Farms. The plant is expanding its Murrayville processing plant, which could bring at least another 100 jobs by early spring 2019. - photo by Scott Rogers

Fieldale Farms is expanding its Murrayville poultry processing plant, a move that could bring at least another 100 jobs by early spring 2019.

Fieldale President Tom Hensley said the new jobs will include entry-level, supervisory and administrative roles.

He is looking forward to the new facilities, including a new break room and cafeteria for employees. Hensley said planning is ongoing on the project, which is underway, so an exact size of the expansion is not yet known.

Hensley indicated he is hopeful of a traffic light being added at the plant’s new entrance at Thompson Bridge/Ga. 60 and Hubert Stephens Road. He said it’s tough to turn either way onto Ga. 60 at a spot he said is like a “raceway.”

“Right now it’s dangerous to turn off Hubert Stephens,” Hensley said. “And there’s a lot of traffic that comes through there.”

But Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Katie Strickland said a request for a traffic light wasn’t part of the driveway permit request for the new entrance.

She added that after a concern was voiced by a resident, DOT’s traffic engineer called the engineer hired by Fieldale for the project and was told a traffic study was done but not submitted because the intersection didn’t have enough traffic to warrant a light.

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