Tyson Foods is investing US$15.5m in expanding a meat production facility in Tennessee, a move that will see 157 jobs created.

The investment at the site in Goodlettsville will see four production lines added and the expansion of the cold storage capabilities at the site. The plant produces case-ready beef and pork products for grocery stores and other retailers. It already employs 1,600 workers.

“We’re very appreciative to the state of Tennessee and our local partners for their support on this expansion, which will help us build up our capabilities locally,” Jeff Rowen, Goodlettsville complex manager for Tyson Fresh Meats, said. “We are continuing to grow our business and adding these lines will help us better meet the needs of our customers.”

Work has already begun to install the new equipment. Hiring is expected to begin in June for the newly created production jobs.

In March, Tyson reversed plans to close a beef plant in Denison in Iowa. It cited changing trading conditions in the beef sector.

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