New NW Iowa pork plant expanding

New NW Iowa pork plant expanding

Seaboard Triumph Foods says it will expand its new pork processing facility in Sioux City to include the addition of a second shift.

The addition of a second shift will allow processing of up to approximately six million hogs annually. The plant will employ approximately 2,000 people, including about 200 salaried positions and 1,800 hourly production positions.

The plant is currently in the final stages of construction in the Bridgeport West Industrial Park in Sioux City, located north of the Sioux Gateway Airport along the Missouri River.

While the initial start-up is anticipated in August 2017, construction for the expansion is expected to begin this spring with completion in the summer of 2018.

A full line of fresh pork products for international, retail, food service and further processing markets will be produced. Seaboard Foods will market and sell the pork produced by the plant.

“The timing of the expansion for a second shift is a result of growing demand for the Seaboard Foods line of quality pork products as well as ongoing growth in the industry. The support demonstrated thus far by our customers, community, city and state agencies simply gives us great confidence to grow right here in northwest Iowa,” said Mark Porter, Seaboard Triumph Foods chief operating officer.

“Today’s announcement to add a second shift shows the confidence that Seaboard Triumph Foods has in our community,” said Mayor Bob Scott. “As one of the largest projects in Sioux City, this expansion will create the demand for further housing growth to accommodate new employees in the region.”

In May 2015, Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods announced the formation of Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF), a joint venture with equal ownership, to construct a new pork processing facility in Sioux City, Iowa. Site work began in September 2015, and construction is expected to be completed by July 2017.

Triumph Foods is owned exclusively by pork producers and Seaboard Foods is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seaboard Corporation. Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods are integrated food companies, with farm operations and pork processing, controlling the entire process every step of the way from before the farm to the plate. If the two companies were considered as a single combined entity, they would comprise the second largest hog producer, a top five U.S. pork processor, and a leading exporter of U.S. pork.