George’s Chicken Inc. has agreed to improve a plant that the company acquired from Tyson Foods Inc. in a proposed settlement with the Department of Justice over an antitrust lawsuit. If accepted by a U.S. District Court judge, the settlement calls for George's putting in a freezer rated at a capacity of 5,000 pounds an hour within the next year, installing a whole leg or thigh deboning line at either George's existing Edinburg plant or its newly-acquired plant in Harrisonburg, and repairing part of the roof at the Harrisonburg facility, reports The Northern Virginia Daily.

"The proposed settlement enhances the competitive viability and increases the production of the Harrisonburg poultry processing plant, which translates into more opportunities to grow and process poultry," Christine Varney, assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, says in a press release from the department.

The agreement would also allow DoJ Antitrust Division employees to inspect its accounts and interview its employees.

Source: The Northern Virginia Daily