Smithfield to shift ham production to Kentucky

by Keith Nunes
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GRAYSON, KY. — After announcing it will close its Kinston, N.C., smoked ham plant, Smithfield Packing Co., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, said it will invest $10 million to modernize its Grayson facility and shift the smoked ham production from the Kinston plant.

The upgrades will include adding refrigeration and packaging capacity. When the upgrades are completed, the Grayson facility will employ 475 and process boneless and bone-in hams as well as smoked pork chops. The plant, which was acquired when Smithfield Foods acquired Cooks Family Foods from ConAgra Foods, Inc., currently processes bone-in, portioned hams.

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