Tyson Foods Invests $200M in New Beef Plant

Upgrades to expand and upgrade operations

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Tyson Foods is investing $200 million at its beef plant in Amarillo, TX.Image courtesy of Pixabay (representative image)

Tyson Foods is investing $200 million at its beef plant in Amarillo, TX to expand and upgrade operations and build a new team member well-being area.

The project will begin in the fall of 2022 and involves construction of a 143,000-sq-ft addition to the existing beef complex to house upgraded team member well-being areas including locker rooms, cafeteria, and office space. The project will also expand and enhance the facility’s existing operations floor. 

Expected to be completed by 2024, the project will improve team member experience and overall operational efficiencies. While the project is not expected to add jobs to the plant, Tyson Foods’ Amarillo facility employs 4,000 team members and generates an annual payroll of $180 million.

“Thank you to Tyson Foods for its continued commitment to the Amarillo area," said Kevin Carter, executive director, Amarillo Economic Development Corp. "Today’s announcement solidifies Tyson’s position as a top economic driver in our community for years to come and the $200 million capital expenditure illustrates a significant investment in Tyson Foods’ future in Amarillo.”

The Amarillo plant is one of the largest of the company’s six beef facilities. The complex produces commodity cuts of fresh beef and specialty products and includes a ground beef patty operation. These products are packaged and boxed for sale to retail and foodservice customers throughout the US and internationally.

The expansion modernizes the facility and prioritizes team member safety, ergonomics, and food safety, and incorporates enhanced automation and new technologies. The new space also supports several of the company's sustainability efforts through energy and water conservation improvements. Specially designed water utility equipment, pumps, and piping will automate and allow for a reduction in water usage.  

“We’re committed to be the most sought-after place to work and while we’ve invested heavily in new benefits for our team, this project will improve the onsite work experience for our team members, while making our operations more efficient,” said Shane Miller, group president, Tyson Foods Fresh Meats.

Tyson Foods’ beef business currently operates plants in TX, KS, IL, and WA. The company receives cattle from close to 90 independent cattle suppliers in the state and it’s estimated Tyson Foods’ operations have a total economic impact of nearly $3 billion in TX.

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