Tyson Foods and the state of Utah have announced plans for the meat packer to bring a new $300 million further processing plant for beef and pork to the Salt Lake City-area.
The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) made the announcement on May 9 that Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, would be building the case ready plant and have it operational as soon as 2021. The case ready beef and pork plant would be similar to facilities owned and operated by Tyson in Iowa, Tennessee and Texas.
“We’re excited about building a new food plant in Utah and appreciate the state’s support and the exceptional people we’ve met,” says Nate Hodne, senior vice president and general manager of case ready meats for Tyson Fresh Meats. “We believe Utah is a great location because of the availability of labor and property and the access to highways and rail. Once built, the new facility will help us meet growing demand for case ready meat in the western U.S.”
The plant would convert large, whole muscle cuts of beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts and ground meat that is ready to be sold at grocery stores. The plant is expected to employ 800 people initially and could expand to 1,200 employees within three years of operation.
“We are pleased that Tyson Foods, a Fortune 100 Company, has selected Utah to build its newest facility,” says Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “This well-known company has a long history and great reputation. It will allow them to have better distribution and access to the western states.”
Utah estimates the plant will generate $27 million in new state tax revenue over the next 10 years.
“Tyson Fresh Meat’s expansion demonstrates that Utah is more than a hotbed for Software and IT companies. This manufacturing plant will diversify the local economy and provide opportunities for residents to work close to home,” says Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
A video of Tyson’s case-ready plant in Sherman, Texas can be watched below: