Tyson Foods is expanding its case-ready meats business with a strategic investment plan. As the company seeks to increase the production of consumer-ready products, Tyson Foods will be investing around $42 million to repurpose its plant capacity in Columbia, South Carolina, ultimately planning to invest $55 million into the project.
“We’re pleased to bring operations back to Columbia and are very grateful for the strong state and local support we’ve received for this project,” said Nate Hodne, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Portioned Protein Innovations team for Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods. “Once operational, this new facility will help us meet growing demand from our retail customers with high quality, pre-cut, pre-packaged fresh beef and pork.”
The company plans to reopen an idle Tyson-owned facility in Columbia and convert it into a meat-cutting facility that will produce retail-ready, portioned packages of sliced, fresh beef and pork in addition to ground beef for grocery and club stores in the eastern U.S.
According to the release, Tyson will initially invest approximately $42 million to transform the facility into a meat portioning and packaging operation that is currently expected to begin production in May 2021. Over the next three to five years, the company plans to invest in additional improvements and production equipment at the facility with a total investment estimated at $55 million.
“Tyson Foods’ initial $42 million investment, and the 330 jobs that will result from it, will help continue South Carolina’s tremendous economic growth,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “We look forward to continuing our state’s fruitful partnership with Tyson and to their continued commitment to South Carolina and our people.”
This new operation will employ 330 people, more than double the number of team members who worked at the facility when it closed in August 2020.
“Tyson Foods’ reinvestment in the Columbia plant highlights South Carolina’s strategic and geographic importance to agribusiness,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “As we continue to grow the agribusiness industry in the Palmetto State, we’re happy to have Tyson as our partner.”
Tyson’s case-ready beef and pork business currently operates plants in Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas and plans to open a new facility in Utah later this year. The operations are called case-ready because the packaged meat produced by the Tyson facilities are ready to be placed directly in the refrigerated meat case at grocery and club stores.
With its production plant soon to be in operation, will we see new products hit the shelves? Deli Market News will keep our nose to the newswire.