Sanderson Farms has grown from a small general feed and seed business in 1947 to one of the nation's leading food corporations in fiscal 2015, with sales of more than $2.80 billion. We are currently the third largest poultry producer in the U.S., with plans to process over 3.6 billion pounds of meat in fiscal 2016.
Our state-of-the-art facilities provide us the capacity to process more than 9.375 million chickens per week. We currently operate 11 poultry plants, with our 12th complex expected to open in January 2017 in St. Pauls, North Carolina. This location will provide additional quality products for new customers, opportunities for our employees and, above all, value for our shareholders. Combined with our company-owned feed mills and hatcheries, we are well positioned to keep up with the growing demand for our products.
Our 13,000+ employees and over 800 independent growers are committed to offering our customers the very best products on the market today. Perhaps that's why the products produced by Sanderson Farms can be found in nearly every state in the country as well as overseas.
Sanderson Farms was incorporated in Mississippi in 1955 as a fully integrated poultry processing company that produces, processes, markets and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products. Our stock became publicly traded in May 1987 and is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol SAFM.
Today, the company continues to build upon its rich traditions, believing that our success is largely due to the values instilled by the tenacious efforts of our founders and our extended family of employees. This includes the tradition of providing quality products to our customers and being responsive to their diverse needs, a hallmark of our business for over 65 years.