Tornado damages Tyson hatchery

To the best of the company’s knowledge, none of the employees were injured.

Kovacs Orsi, Freeimages.com
Kovacs Orsi, Freeimages.com

A tornado hit the Tyson Foods hatchery in Eufaula, Alabama, on March 3. “Parts of Eufaula are now unrecognizable after the tornado passed through the town,” WTVY reported.

Worth Sparkman, senior manager of public relations with Tyson, explained that the company’s processing plant in Eufaula was not obstructed and operated as usual on March 4. However, the company’s hatchery was impacted and did not operate. “We’re still assessing damage at that facility,” he said.

To the best of the company’s knowledge, none of the employees were injured. “Our hearts go out to everyone who was impacted by the weather in Alabama yesterday,” Sparkman said.

According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, Tyson Foods Inc. is an international food company focusing on animal protein, based in Springdale, Arkansas. Founded in 1935, the company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TSN. Its brand and product portfolio includes Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair.

Tyson is a leader in the production of chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 115 countries.

Other damage in Eufaula

Jack Tibbs, mayor of Eufaula, told WRBL that the damage to the city’s airport could reach as much as US$100 million.  

“In addition to the airport damage, the city's north fire station was also destroyed. Two firefighters rode out the storm huddled on top of one another in the building," Tibbs says.

"The firefighters were not injured,” WRBL reported.

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