Tyson Foods’ Sedalia Plant Plans Expansion

Barbara BremerEDSPC News

SEDALIA, Mo. – April 27, 2012 – As part of an effort to be the best-in-class protein supplier, Tyson Foods, Inc. recently began work on a multi-million dollar improvement and expansion project at its poultry complex in Sedalia, Missouri. The expansion will create as many as 200 additional jobs in the next two years. The complex currently employs about 1,450 people.

Improvements will include state-of-the-art processes and technologies designed to benefit animal handling, food safety, environmental quality, workplace safety and production, such as:

·     The addition of up to five poultry deboning lines;
·     Upgrades to the plant’s wastewater treatment operations; and
·     Improvements in the poultry slaughter area.

The project also will upgrade parts of the plant that have been in operation since 1994.

“This additional investment in Sedalia and Pettis County through new jobs and expansion is very good news, and continues the momentum we are seeing in moving Missouri’s economy forward,” Governor Jay Nixon said.

The company plans to hire about 150 people between November 2012 and March 2013. Another 50 people likely will be required by mid-2014, Tyson officials said.

“Tyson chose to make this investment in Sedalia because of the quality of the local workforce and the outstanding family farmers that grow for us in the area,” said Chris McMurrough, vice president of operations for Tyson. “The improvements will help optimize the plant’s product mix for our customers and make it even more cost competitive.”

Ergonomics, the science of making the workplace fit the worker, will be incorporated into the new debone and slaughter areas. This will involve equipment and processes designed to reduce physical demand on certain jobs.

In addition to upgraded equipment and infrastructure at the wastewater treatment operations, a third lagoon will be built to ensure there is enough capacity to handle higher volumes.

“The Sedalia complex recently received recognition for its environmental work from the American Meat Institute,” said Alan Johnston, complex manager. “We’ve made being good stewards of the environment a priority with this project.”

The Sedalia poultry complex contracts with more than 125 poultry farmers in seven counties in central Missouri. Complex operations include the poultry processing plant, hatchery, feed mill, live haul operations, wastewater treatment facility and a rendering operation. The plant produces fully cooked chicken for grocery customers, including fully cooked patties, nuggets, wings and breast strips. Annual payroll for the complex for fiscal year 2011 was more than $46.3 million; total family farmer pay to grow chickens for the complex was approximately $27.4 million.

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 130 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

Forward Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements as well as historical information.  These forward-looking statements may include statements relating to timing of plant expansion, anticipated operational efficiencies and future employment. Actual results may vary.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: consumer demand and perceptions; the availability of raw materials; foreseeable or unforeseeable construction delays; customer requests and requirements; and the ability to compete in products and prices in a competitive industry.