Tyson Buys Choctaw Maid Plants in Forest and Carthage

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The sale was announced in July. Tyson also will acquire two hatcheries and a feedmill.

Choctaw Maid employs 3,400 people with an annual payroll of more than $80 million. Choctaw Maid has operated with a long-term supply agreement under which Tyson has acquired all of the output from both processing facilities.

Dan Risher, a spokesman for Choctaw Maid, said the Choctaw Maid label on products is expected to remain the same, but facilities will see a change to Tyson's logo.

Bill Lovette, group vice president of the Tyson Foods' Food Service Group, says no significant changes in personnel, grower relationships or processing output are planned for the operations.

Tyson Foods, founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, produces a wide variety of brand name protein-based and prepared food products marketed in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world.