63 In 2018, we continued to invest millions in our foods operations to improve customer service and meet demand for our products. Perdue Cook Plant Expansion In 2018, we invested $42 million to expand our Perry, Ga., cooking operation, where we produce a variety of frozen, cooked chicken products for consumers and restaurants, and created more than 120 new jobs in Houston County. A new third cooking line helps us meet demand for no-antibiotics-ever and organic chicken products. Investing in Our Dillon Operation A $20 million investment at our Dillon, S.C., operation also supports demand for NAE chicken products with our foodservice customers. The expansion also included a state-of-the art cooler and new loading dock, and created about 100 new jobs. Expanding Our Pork Operation To help meet growing demand for custom cuts in our specialty pork business, and enhance customer service and reliability, we invested $29 million in a two-story 50,000-square-foot expansion of its pork harvest operation in Sioux Center, Iowa. The expansion is expected to create some 50 new jobs. The expansion at the plant, which produces premium pork products for Niman Ranch® , Coleman Natural® and Sioux Preme® brands, includes additional production capability with state-of-the art automation. Investing in Customer Service & Quality Products Niman Ranch Pledges to Double Farmer Network As part of its leadership in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, Niman Ranch pledged to double its network and add more than 750 independent family farmers and ranchers in the next 10 years. Niman Ranch launched a recruitment effort to include a first-of-its-kind Gilt and Boar Gift program for young farmers, recent college graduates and those who have served in the military. Niman made $300,000 in sows available to qualifying individuals who are looking to get started in farming, grow their herds, improve their genetics and ultimately make more money. The Next Generation Scholarship Fund, a yearly program targeting farm families to allow their children to go to college without significant debt so they can return to the farm, awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to more than 32 students. PEOPLE & PARTNERS: OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS & COMPANY