Tyson Foods, Inc. is investing $59 million to expand its frozen and refrigerated products distribution center at the I-75 Business Park in Macon, Georgia, which currently serves retail and foodservice customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama, as well as Georgia.
The project, which will begin this summer, includes a 152,000-square foot addition to the existing facility. Construction should be completed by late 2018 and it is expected that 100 new jobs will be created, bringing total employment at the facility to almost 240.
“The expansion is part of our focus on continuous improvement and commitment to customer service,” said Gregg Uecker, senior vice president of network planning and integration. “This will allow us to ship our complete portfolio of protein-packed brands to customers from one distribution center, while also improving team member safety and reducing our carbon footprint.”
“I’m delighted to thank Tyson Foods for their continued and expanding investment in our community, and for recognizing the benefit our location in the state and Southeast has on their operation,” said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “We are the hub city of Middle Georgia, and it’s becoming more apparent to business and industry that we serve as one for this entire region of the United States.”
Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food producers with leading brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair. It’s a major producer of chicken, beef and pork products, including frozen snacks, appetizers and side dishes, as well as bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts.
The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 115 other countries. It employs about 114,000 people at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.