Simmons Prepared Foods announced this afternoon that would spend $300 million to build a chicken procesing plant between Decatur and Gentry that would employ 1,500.

The plant will make products for restaurant and retail use.  It is to open in 2019 and provide more business for poultry growers. Some processing done at an existing facility in Benton County will eventually move to the new facility, the company said.

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The investment will qualify for a variety of state money incentives.