Tyson Foods Inc. is set to make a USD300m investment in order to build a meat and pork processing plant in Salt Lake City, Utah, thus further expanding its reach into the West, writes Arkansas Online.
The company says the new facility will bring 800 new jobs to the area, initially, and create up to 1,200 jobs within three years of opening. The plant will process cuts of beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts, and grinds.
According to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the investment will add approximately USD27m to the state’s tax revenue over 10 years. Tyson has reportedly evaluated multiple sites around Salt Lake City for the plant’s location. Officials representing one of the possible sites are working closely with Tyson to confirm all necessary infrastructure and support is available. The meat giant plans to have the plant operational by 2021.
The report notes that Tyson believes that Utah is a great location because of the availability of labor and property and the access to highway and rails. Once built, the new facility will help the food giant meet the growing demand for case-ready meat in the Western U.S.