GREEN BAY, WIS. — American Foods Group LLC (AFG) has begun construction on its new $800 million beef processing plant in Wright City, Mo.

The company, which is calling the facility America’s Heartland Packing LLC, said the 775,000-square-foot plant includes a harvest floor, carcass chillers, fabrication area, rendering, further processing area, storage coolers, freezers and loading docks.

“Today marks the start of our future in Warren County, Mo., the addition of industry needed hook space and fulfilling the needs of our customers, partners, and consumers for beef demand,” said Steve Van Lannen, president and chief operating officer of American Foods Group.

AFG projects that the operation will process more than 2,400 cattle per day. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024.

The facility is expected to generate $1 billion in annual economic impact in Missouri.

AFG currently has operations in Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.