Tyson breaks ground on $300m case-ready beef and pork facility in US

WCN Editorial Team 1 Nov 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

US-based Tyson Fresh Meats has broken ground on a $300m case-ready beef and pork facility in Eagle Mountain in Utah County, Utah.

Located in the Pole Canyon development at the southwest end of Eagle Mountain City, the new facility is scheduled for opening as soon as 2021.

The case-ready meat-cutting and packaging plant will be equipped to convert fresh beef and pork sourced from other locations, into steaks, chops, roasts and ground beef.

The resulting product is placed in trays, weighed and labelled prior to shipping them to retailers for sale in grocery store meat cases.

Expected to create more than 800 local jobs initially and 1,200 jobs within three years after opening, the project is estimated to add $27m in new state tax revenue over the next 10 years.

Portioned Protein Innovations senior vice president Nate Hodne said: “After a great deal of planning and working in partnership with the developer, the state and local government, in particular Eagle Mountain City, it’s exciting to finally break ground on our new case ready plant.

“The addition of this facility allows us to expand Tyson’s ability to meet growing demand from our customers for portioned and convenient meat products their consumers are demanding.”

The project is expected to have economic impact of more than $1bn in the first ten years due to the construction of the facility, as well as other investments in the local economy.

Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development executive director Val Hale said: “We congratulate Tyson on breaking ground in Eagle Mountain City.

“The future of the company in Utah is bright, and we’re appreciative of the new jobs and corporate citizenship Tyson will bring to Utah Valley and the state.”

Tyson Fresh Meats currently operates case-ready plants in Iowa, Tennessee and Texas.

Tyson Fresh Meats president Steve Stouffer said: “We are excited to join the Eagle Mountain City community, and in addition to bringing jobs to the area we look forward to being both a supportive community and business partner.”

Image: Tyson Foods world headquarters in Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of Brandonrush/Wikipedia.

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