Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said it planned to build a child care and learning center at two of its processing plants.
The company said a child center at its new Humboldt, Tennessee, plant will be able employ 18 and be able to take as many as 100 children five years old or younger. The company will subsidize costs to make it more affordable for employees; the center will be called Tyson Tykes and will be run by KinderCare Learning Centers.
The facility is expected to cost $3.5 million, Tyson Foods said. The $425 million Humboldt plant processes poultry and opened in April 2021 and employs approximately 1,000 with the expectation of an additional 500 employees in the future.
Tyson Foods said it will work with local contractors to provide free child care for children of workers at a beef processing plant in Amarillo, Texas. The company said it will pay $500,000 to cover tuition for its employees’ children.
The beef plant employs 4,000, Tyson Foods said. The child care services will be provided by a community center and Boys & Girls Club; Tyson Foods said it has given the two organizations $400,000 to upgrade their facilities.
“For nearly a century, ‘care’ has been at the heart of Tyson culture,” said John R. Tyson, Tyson Foods’ chief sustainability officer. “These child care pilots reflect that culture as well as our goal of becoming the most sought-after place to work.”