Tyson to start pet treats production at Iowa facility

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, October 26, 2009

As part of a strategic effort to become one of the premier producers of pet treats, Tyson Foods, Inc. is reopening and renovating the company’s idle production plant in Independence, Iowa, Tyson and community officials announced.

Tyson will spend approximately $6.6 million to install equipment and make other improvements in the plant in order to begin pet treat production in early 2010. The new operation will initially employ more than 60 people, including production workers and management, and is expected to grow to more than 100 within the next couple of years.

For competitive reasons, Tyson officials said it is premature to provide specific details about the pet treats, but indicated the products produced at Independence are intended to be sold nationally under multiple brand names.