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John S. Forrester
March 17, 2021
1 Min Read
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American protein products firm Tyson Foods announced plans Wednesday to reopen an idled case ready meats plant in Columbia, SC and transform the site into a meat cutting and packaging operation for portioned packages of sliced, fresh beef and pork and ground beef for grocery and club stores in the eastern US.
“We’re pleased to bring operations back to Columbia and are very grateful for the strong state and local support we’ve received for this project,” Nate Hodne, senior vice president and general manager of the Portioned Proteins Innovations team for Tyson Fresh Meats, said in a release. “Once operational, this new facility will help us meet growing demand from our retail customers with high quality, pre-cut, pre-packaged fresh beef and pork.”
The company is committing $42 million to carry out the conversion project. Production at the site is slated to resume in May. Over the next several years, Tyson will inject another $13 million into the site to add new production equipment and make other improvements.
Tyson closed the Columbia plant in August 2020. About 330 jobs will be created with the reopening of the site.
“Tyson Foods’ initial $42 million investment, and the 330 jobs that will result from it, will help continue South Carolina’s tremendous economic growth,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our state’s fruitful partnership with Tyson and to their continued commitment to South Carolina and our people.”
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