USA, Smithfield, Va. Smithfield Foods is investing nearly $45 mill. and adding 70 new jobs to its Sioux Falls operations. The investment includes renovating a high-speed bacon line, a ground seasoned pork operation, and the distribution center, as well as the rebuilding of a facility that houses more than 8,000 hogs.
This investment and expansion will help the company meet the increasing domestic demand for bacon and international demand for ground seasoned pork, a growing category in export markets.
With US demand for bacon on the rise, the firm is increasing its bacon capacity by upgrading equipment to include high-speed lines. The renovations, on track to be completed by May 2019, will improve the volume, yield, and quality of the bacon produced by the facility.
Changes to Smithfield’s ground seasoned pork operation will bolster its ability to support increased demand by export markets and include a renovation to the existing distribution center, which is currently underway and on schedule to be completed by March 2019. Once complete, it will be the most modern operation in the industry, incorporating the latest technology for automated packaging, boxing, labeling, and stacking.
The company is also renovating its hog barn, which will be complete in early Fall 2019. The new barn’s features and design will reflect leading animal handling practices, including automatic climate control systems.