Dorada Poultry to open plant in Oklahoma

by Eric Schroeder
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PONCA CITY, OKLA. — Dorada Poultry, a joint venture established in July by Tyson Foods, Inc. and Lopez Foods, Inc., will occupy a 180,000-square-foot former Tyson Foods facility in Ponca City. The facility, which is scheduled to become operational in mid-2011, will provide chicken products to McDonald’s restaurants and is expected to employ about 350.

“This innovative venture will enable us to expand Tyson’s involvement in providing a reliable supply of safe, consistent quality chicken that meets McDonald’s high standards,” said Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson.

Oklahoma City-based Lopez Foods is the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned meat manufacturing company. The company specializes in fully cooked beef patties, breakfast sausage and chicken, as well as individually quick frozen beef patties and other pork, beef and chicken products. In addition to McDonald’s, Lopez supplies such customers as Burger King, Costco, Kroger’s, Sam’s Club, Sonic, Target and Wal-Mart.

Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork.
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