Tyson Foods is investing $200 million at its Amarillo, Texas, beef plant to expand and upgrade operations and build a new team member well-being area. The expansion will modernize the facility, incorporating enhanced automation and new technologies.
The new space will improve overall operational efficiencies and support several of the company’s sustainability efforts through energy and water conservation improvements. Specially designed water utility equipment, pumps, and piping will automate and allow for a reduction in water usage.
Expected to begin this fall, the project will involve the construction of a 143,000-sq-ft addition to the existing beef complex to house upgraded team member well-being areas, including locker rooms, cafeteria, and office space. The project will also expand and enhance the facility’s existing operations floor. It is projected to be completed by 2024.
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“We’re committed to be the most sought-after place to work, and while we’ve invested heavily in new benefits for our team, this project will improve the on-site work experience for our team members, while making our operations more efficient,” says Shane Miller, group president, Tyson Foods Fresh Meats.
The Amarillo plant is one of the largest of Tyson’s six beef facilities in the U.S. Employing 4,000 team members, the complex produces commodity cuts of fresh beef and specialty products and includes a ground beef patty operation. Products packaged and boxed at the site are sold to retail and foodservice customers throughout the U.S. and internationally.
The company receives cattle from approximately 90 independent cattle suppliers in the state. Tyson Foods’ operations have a total economic impact of nearly $3 billion in Texas.