US-based Cargill is investing US$50 million to expand its poultry-processing operations at its facility in Nakhon Ratchasima province. The expansion will create 1,400 new jobs and add to the more than 13,500 people the company currently employs across 14 locations in the country. Cargill will engage several independent smallholder broiler farms in local communities to meet the increase in demand for broiler chicken. The company says the expansion is due to an increase in customer demand and strong confidence in the high quality and safety standards of the chicken products it makes in Thailand. A new building annexed to the current facility began construction on October 21 and is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2018.