Tyson Foods Investing $300 Million to Build Plant in Utah

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A Tyson Foods Inc. subsidiary is investing approximately $300 million to build a new food production plant in Utah.

The facility will serve as a plant for Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork division for Tyson Foods, and will house a cutting and packaging for case-ready meat.  This facility will slice “large cuts of beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts and ground meat” which are then placed in trays, packaged and shipped to grocery stores.

According to the Springdale-based company, the factory will employ 800 workers at the start and is expected to increase to 1,200 positions within three years.

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) estimates that the investment will add approximately $27 million to the state’s tax revenue over 10 years.

“We are pleased that Tyson Foods, a Fortune 100 Company, has selected Utah to build its newest facility,” Val Hale, executive director of GOED, said in a statement. “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.”

Tyson representatives have evaluated multiple sites around Salt Lake City for the plant’s location. The company is working with officials to determine that necessary infrastructure and resources will be available at one of the assessed locations.

“We’re excited about building a new food plant in Utah and appreciate the state’s support and the exceptional people we’ve met,” Nate Hodne, senior vice president and general manager of case ready meats for Tyson Fresh Meats, said in a statement. “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.”

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