Tyson Foods plans to invest US$27m in its Council Bluffs, Iowa, production facility to increase capacity for case-ready beef and pork products. 

Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson, said it will add 55,000 square feet to the facility to house additional production lines and warehouse space. Tyson said this will raise capacity for ground beef, beef and pork cuts as well as meal kits. Steve Friedrichsen, complex manager of the Council Bluffs case-ready plant, said the investment will help meet “the growing demand for case-ready products”.

Expansion is under way and scheduled for completion in July next year. It is expected to add an additional 350 jobs to the plant, bringing total employment at the site to more than 1,400. 

The move by Tyson – which operates three plants in the region – was welcomed by local authorities. 

“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. “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.”