Smithfield Foods has agreed to locate a new distribution center in Cecil County, Md., creating 240 new jobs, according to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
The 420,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature state-of-the-art technology and create efficiency to the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. The site will be in the Principio Business Park, allowing the company to support its daily operations and improve service to its customers in the Northeast.
“This new distribution center is an essential part of our efforts to streamline our national logistics network to optimize our operations, while advancing our ambitious sustainability goals,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods, in the governor’s release. “We are proud to become part of the business community in Maryland, a location that provides strategic advantages for our business and improves our ability to provide high-quality product to our customers and consumers.”
Based in Virginia for more than 80 years, Smithfield Foods has more than 54,000 employees in North America and Europe.
“It is a tremendous win for the state and for Cecil County that a global company like Smithfield Foods, which has worldwide brand recognition, has chosen to continue its growth in Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This new facility and the 240 new jobs it brings underscores our administration’s promise to make Maryland more business-friendly and create job opportunities for our citizens.”