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August 22, 2022

Tyson Foods splashes out again with Texas beef plant investment

The US meat major is adding 143,000 square feet to the Amarillo site.

By Simon Harvey

Tyson Foods has announced more capital investment, with the US meat giant embarking on a US$200m expansion project at a Texas beef plant.

The US meat major has earmarked the funds for its Amarillo facility to expand and upgrade operations, including automation and “new technologies”. The 143,000 square foot of additional space is expected to be completed by 2024.

Work is due to start in the autumn and will also feature new facilities for the 4,000-strong workforce. However, no new jobs will be created at the plant, Tyson Foods said in a statement.

Tyson Foods said the Amarillo factory, which supplies to retail and foodservice, is one of the company’s largest among six beef processing facilities in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois and Washington.

Shane Miller, the group president of Tyson Foods Fresh Meats, said: “We’re committed to be the most sought-after place to work and while we’ve invested heavily in new benefits for our team, this project will improve the onsite work experience for our team members, while making our operations more efficient.”

Tyson Foods added in the statement: “The new space also supports several of the company’s sustainability efforts through energy and water conservation improvements. Specially designed water utility equipment, pumps, and piping will automate and allow for a reduction in water usage.”

Last December, Tyson Foods revealed it planned to invest $1.3bn in automation over a three-year period through its 2024 financial year and take measures to upskill the workforce.

Other expansion projects announced recently include the creation of more than 500 jobs at two Tyson Foods’ plants. Its Caseyville prepared foods site in Illinois is to receive $180m, while the Scott County, Mississippi fresh chicken factory is to get $90m.

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