Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. is investing US$27 million to expand the production capacity of its case-ready beef and pork plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA.

The project will include a 55,000 square foot addition for new production lines and warehouse space and increase the plant’s capacity to produce fresh ground beef, beef and pork cuts, along with meal kits that are ready for distribution to retail grocers.

Local benefits from Tyson plant expansion

The expansion is underway and scheduled to be completed in July 2017. It is expected to add 350 jobs, bringing total employment at the plant to more than 1,400.  

“Tyson Fresh Meats’ announcement is great news for the Council Bluffs community,” said Bob Mundt, president and CEO of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “Tyson Fresh Meats is not only one of the largest employers in the area, it’s a significant contributor to our local economy. We look forward to the jobs that will be created through this expansion.”

Tyson Foods operates three local plants. In addition to the case-ready facility, the company has a pepperoni plant in Council Bluffs and a bacon plant in Omaha. The company employs approximately 2,000 residents in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

“This project is great news for our plant, our community and our customers,” said Steve Friedrichsen, complex manager of the Council Bluffs case-ready plant, in a press release. “We are committed to the Council Bluffs community and look forward adding more jobs with this expansion, while also meeting the growing demand for case-ready products.”

The Council Bluffs case-ready plant generated an annual payroll of US$37 million in 2015.