USA – Tyson Foods, an American multinational processor and marketer of meat, is expanding its CaseyVille facility by adding 7 more production lines and 270,000 sq feet of space at a cost of US$180 million.

The extra space is for the purpose of increasing automated warehousing and robotics, according to a report from the Springdale, Arkansas-based company.

Tyson Foods is the world’s second-largest chicken, beef and processing cooperation after JBS. It is reported to annually export the largest percentage of beef out of the united states.

With the addition of the new production lines, Tyson Foods anticipates employing 400 new workers at its Caseville prepared foods in Illinois, bringing the total employee count at the facility to 750 by September 2024.

The company predicts that out of the 400 new workers, 250 are expected to be in their roles by September this year.

The roles expected to be filled will be in the departments of production, management, food safety and quality assurance, warehousing, and maintenance.

The total number of team members across all the company’s operations was recorded to be approximately 142,000 on 1st October 2022

Tyson Foods attributes this expansion to the growing demand for its Hillshire farm and Jimmy Dean’s snacking and breakfast products brands called ‘grab-n-go’.

 The building operations of the expansion at the factory broke ground in August and are expected to be complete late next year.

The company already has four processing plants in Illinois with the Caseyville facility having begun operations in 2005.

 “This expansion will allow us to welcome hundreds of new team members to Tyson Foods,” said Christopher Rogers, plant manager at the Caseville factory.

Tyson recently proposed to shut down two of its corporate locations, one in Chicago and another in South Dakota, opting to instead have a single corporate office at its global headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas.

The company also recently promoted its Senior Vice President, Head of Law and Compliance Adam Deckinger to the position of General Counsel and Secretary.

His appointment follows that of Brady Stewart who was named Group President of Fresh Meats. Stewart will be responsible for strengthening the competitiveness of the company’s beef and pork businesses through innovation, technology, data and analytics.

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