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Tyson Opens New $355M Bacon Plant in Kentucky

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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale has officially opened its new $355 million food production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a facility that will significantly expand its bacon production capabilities.

The 400,000-SF plant is expected to produce two million pounds a week of premium quality bacon for brands including Jimmy Dean and bacon used in foodservice, Tyson said in a news release. The facility will also support product innovation, such as new bacon flavors and cuts.

About 45o jobs will be created.

Bacon represents over $1 billion in sales across retail and foodservice at Tyson. The company has seen growing consumer demand, both at home and at restaurants.

Tyson said the new plant provides end-to-end profitability by utilizing pork bellies provided primarily by the company’s pork segment.

The facility’s design reflects Tyson’s growing emphasis on automation and efficiency. It combines high-tech robots that help eliminate stressful tasks for workers, such as transporting large pork bellies along multiple production lines, packing and stacking boxes, and moving products through production zones with driverless forklifts and autonomous guide vehicles, according to the release.

“Our innovative new plant in Bowling Green reflects a major investment that we are proud to make in southcentral Kentucky,” Donnie King, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, said in a statement. “This enables us to focus on the health and safety of our team members while also delivering best in class service for our customers.”

 

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