Tyson Meals broke floor on a $180 million growth of its Caseyville, Illinois, ready meals facility, aimed toward boosting manufacturing of its Hillshire Farm and Jimmy Dean grab-and-go snacking and breakfast gadgets.
The 170,000-square-foot growth consists of including seven new manufacturing strains, growing automation and creating 250 new jobs on the plant. The primary line is slated to enter manufacturing this fall. Tyson expects all the mission to be accomplished in summer time 2023.
“With automated warehousing and robotics on the coronary heart of the mission, we’re trying ahead to its full completion,” mentioned Tyson’s Noelle O’Mara, group president of ready meals.
Inside ready meals, Tyson has been particularly energetic in launching new merchandise round snacking and breakfast. Final September, it entered the youngsters snacking section with the launch of Hillshire Farm Snacked. The snack packs every include a meat — pepperoni, salami or turkey — in addition to a cheese. It joins different snack choices in its portfolio together with Any’tizers hen appetizers.
And for Jimmy Dean, Tyson has added plant-based choices, in addition to a snack provide for breakfast: Breakfast nuggets, breaded items of seasoned meats, eggs and cheese.
The Caseyville facility at the moment has 293 workers. Tyson Meals had lately raised their whole compensation, together with boosting hourly wages to not less than $21 an hour.
The meat firm has been on a tear of plant growth and hiring this previous 12 months. In Tyson’s most up-to-date earnings name this previous Could, CEO Donnie King mentioned it deliberate to launch about 10 tasks to broaden capability for the third quarter, representing 25 million kilos of quantity for ready meals alone.
Most lately, Tyson introduced a $90 million mission to extend capability at its hen processing plant in Forest, Mississippi. The growth, which incorporates including automation, would create greater than 320 jobs.