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Tyson launches multi-million expansion project for SL pork plant

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Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. is expanding production and storage capabilities at its Storm Lake pork plant, company officials announced this week.

Tyson has initiated a multi-million dollar project,obtaining some additional land around the plant and planning for a two-story addition to the southwest side of the existing plant. Other mechanical and procedural changes at the plant will enable the fresh pork operation to make a slight increase in the number of hogs handled each day, moving production capacity to more than 15,000 hogs per day. This will also increase finished product volumes, including the production of boneless pork loins and hams.

"We're always looking at ways to streamline our operations in order to keep the plant competitive," Mrylon Kizer, plant manager, said. "We're excited about this investment and what it means to the future of the plant and our team members."

The changes in product volume and flow will result in the addition of 14 production jobs, with total employment at more than 1,700. The company has purchased or leased several parcels of land near the plant to allow for additional truck and worker parking.

Work on the project is already underway with completion slated for October.

Besides changes in the existing layout of the plant, the work will also include the two-story, 14,000 square foot addition to the southwest side in order to provide more product cooler space and box storage.

According to company spokesperson Gary Mickelson, continually reinvesting money into the plant is necessary in order to remain competitive in the evolving meat industry, and to maintain the number of jobs offered. IBP sunk millions into the plant when it purchased the facility years ago, and made another major physical upgrade in the late 1990s. The Storm Lake plant is rather land-locked, making it a challenge to expand. In this latest project, the company is looking to a combination of land use and architectural elements to meet the needs, Mickelson said.

The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Storm Lake produces fresh pork such as boneless loins, tenderloins, hams and spareribs. These and other commodity cuts are sold to retail, wholesale and food service customers throughout the world. The plant also produces boneless pork that is sold to other meat companies for further processing and cooking. The plant generates an annual payroll of $52 million.

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