Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Monday that it had closed the acquisition of Williams Sausage Co. Inc. of Union City, Tennessee.
Tyson Foods didn’t release the deal’s exact terms. In a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission on May 8, Tyson said it expected to spend between $200 million and $250 million on a “pending activity.”
The deal was first announced in February.
Williams Sausage was founded in 1958 by Roger Williams. It provides fresh and fully cooked sausage, bacon and sandwiches for more than 4,000 retail outlets and foodservice customers in 20 states.
“This acquisition aligns with our strategy to win with customers, augments our manufacturing capabilities, and expands our product portfolio,” said Stewart Glendinning, president of Tyson Foods’ prepared foods segment. “Williams Sausage Co. brings real strengths in its brand, facilities, and direct store delivery network that make this a logical and welcome addition to our prepared foods business.”
Williams Sausage employs approximately 500 people. Tyson Foods said that Emily Billingsley, Roger Williams’ daughter, will oversee operations at Williams Sausage.
Williams Sausage in 2017 announced a $37 million expansion that included the construction of a new 200,000-SF production facility, distribution center, truck maintenance shop and corporate office.