Tyson Foods to Expand Pennsylvania Distribution Center
An investment of $59.7 million to expand Tyson Foods’ distribution center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is being made to improve efficiency and support the company’s plans for growth. The July 6 news came just a few weeks after the Springdale, Arkansas, USA-headquartered producer and marketer of chicken, beef and pork products announced it would spend a similar amount of money to expand its distribution center in Macon, Georgia.
The project in Pottsville, which will begin this summer, includes construction of a 164,000-square foot addition to the existing facility. The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2018 and will add 114 jobs, bringing the total number of employees at the facility to approximately 220.
The distribution center currently serves retail and foodservice customers in the Northeastern region, including the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
“This expansion will allow us to better service our customers and ship our complete portfolio of protein-packed brands from one distribution center. New technology will also improve team member safety while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Gregg Uecker, senior vice president of network planning and integration.
Tyson Foods received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $46,400 WEDnet grant and $228,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.