Sanderson Farms recently opened a new $155 million processing plant and wastewater treatment facility in St. Pauls. The new 180,000 sq. ft. plant will accompany the existing 65,000 sq. ft. hatchery located in Lumberton, as well as a feed mill in Kinston, making it the company’s 11th fully integrated poultry processing facility nationwide. As Sanderson Farms continues its steady growth, the company said the new deboning facility will provide greater accessibility to the East Coast market as well as employ 1,100 workers in the St. Pauls community, with an additional 100 contract growers. “I think it’s probably one of the best things we’ve had in 30 years,” said St. Pauls mayor Gordon “Buddy” Westbrook. “We need the project. We need the jobs, so it’s great.” Sanderson Farms said it believes in being a part of each community where plants are located. “We’re hiring a lot of good, local people,” said Pic Billingsley, director of development and engineering for Sanderson Farms.