Wayne Farms this week announced a major upgrade and capacity expansion to its Decatur, Alabama prepared foods facility.

The upgrade includes a new cooked line and supporting spiral freezer.

“Production Line 51 joins nine existing production lines at Decatur Prepared Foods,” Wayne Farms said in a press release, “adding another 80 positions to the complex. The upgrade brings total employment to more than 1,100 and enables the facility to increase production by more than 42 million pounds each year. The new line can produce both steamed and roasted bone-in wing products and features state-of-the-industry processing and packaging technology from industry leaders GEA, JBT, and JBS. The line’s twin-drum oven set up and spiral freezer was designed to serve existing customers and accommodate new business.”

“This new line is an investment for our company and our customers,” Wayne Farms senior director of prepared foods Heath Loyd said. “We’ll be able to quickly scale to meet their needs and also offer new products and solutions.”

“Consumption is up and demand for prepared, easy-to-serve chicken has never been higher,” Wayne Farms vice president of prepared foods Tom Bell said. “With this new line, the opportunities for Wayne Farms and for our customers goes to a new level.”