A unit of US meat giant Tyson Foods plans to build a new meat-processing plant in the state of Utah, with the US$300m investment expected to create 800 jobs.

The Tyson Fresh Meats facility will process beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts and ground meat for retailers, according to a statement from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, adding that the factory will eventually employ around 1,200 workers three years after opening.

Tyson Fresh Meats currently operates “case-ready plants” in Iowa, Tennessee and Texas, and hopes to open the Utah facility in 2021.

Nate Hodne, the senior vice president and general manager of case-ready meats for Tyson Fresh Meats, said: “Once built, the new facility will help us meet growing demand for case-ready meat in the western US. We believe Utah is a great location because of the availability of labour and property and the access to highways and rail…..and appreciate the state’s support.”

Tyson will receive tax benefits from the state for the project under a ten-year agreement in the form of a “post-performance Economic Development Finance tax credit rebate”. 

Last summer, Tyson Fresh Meats secured contracts worth $700m to supply fresh beef and frozen ground beef to the US Pentagon. Around the same time, the parent company acquired US-based Keystone Foods, a subsidiary of Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods. Keystone supplies products from burgers to chicken nuggets to customers including fast-food giant McDonald’s and has operations in South Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia.  

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