Seaboard Triumph Foods LLC has hired Mark Porter as its chief operating officer. Porter will begin his role new role, which will be located in Sioux City, Iowa, later in February.

Seaboard Triumph Foods, the new equal partnership, joint venture between Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods, LLC, is constructing a new, 750,000-square-foot food processing facility, designed to process more than 3 million market hogs annually operating a single shift and employing approximately 1,100 employees. The plant will be built on property in the Bridgeport West Industrial Park in Sioux City, located north of the Sioux Gateway Airport. Site work began in September 2015 and construction is expected to be completed by July 2017.

Porter comes to Seaboard Triumph Foods with a wealth of pork and broader food industry experience. His most recent assignment has been vice president, operations with AdvancePierre Foods in Enid, Oklahoma, where he was responsible for the manufacturing network across the country. Porter's prior professional experience includes operational roles with well-respected food companies, and eight years in the U. S. Navy as a Submarine Operations Officer.

"I am excited to begin this rare and exciting challenge with Seaboard Triumph Foods, and look forward to building an outstanding team and establishing a permanent company presence in the Sioux City community. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the growth of a new, modern and efficient pork plant, which will certainly have a significant impact on the entire pork industry. I am thrilled to be part of the Seaboard Triumph team whose ownership is highly respected throughout the meat industry," Porter said about the appointment.