Tyson to shift production to Tennessee, Texas

by Jeff Gelski
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SPRINGDALE, ARK. – Tyson Foods, Inc. plans to shift some production from its case-ready-plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to its facilities in Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Sherman, Texas, the company reported Jan. 22.

The shift will allow the company to produce case-ready beef and pork closer to a growing customer base in the southern United States and to make more effective use of its existing case-ready production capacity. 
Tyson plans to suspend a portion of second shift case-ready production at the Council Bluffs plant in mid-March. The suspension will displace about 480 of the 1,300 people employed at the Council Bluffs plant.

“Our overall case-ready business is operating successfully, and we must continue to control costs and improve efficiencies,” said Gary Sheneman, senior vice-president of case-ready beef and pork for Tyson. “We believe shifting some production from Council Bluffs to our other plants is the right thing to do for our overall business, which continues to grow and diversify its customer base. The unfortunate downside is the impact on some of our employees.”

Tyson’s case-ready facilities use beef and pork from Tyson Fresh Meats’ operations to produce packages of steaks, roasts, chops, ground beef and other items that are ready for retail grocers.

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