Nebraska is key to the success of Tyson Fresh Meats. The company has a large warehouse in Lexington that employs 2,700 people in their meat packaging business. This year, Tyson Fresh Meats plans to update the facility and expand its boxed beef department with a $47 million renovation and expansion. Several products are already packaged at their Lexington warehouse and the expansion project will give the company greater capacity.
President of Tyson Fresh Meats, Steve Stouffer, said, “We’re reinvesting in our Lexington plant because it’s an important part of our beef business and we want to make sure it continues to operate successfully. We appreciate the support we’ve received from our team members, area cattle producers, and the Lexington community since the plant opened almost 25 years ago, and we want them to know we expect our facility to remain a major contributor to the local economy for many more years.
Lexington’s warehouse will receive a 50,000 square foot expansion on the southeast corner of the complex. The project has already started and Tyson Fresh Meats expects the expansion to be completed by the middle of 2016. In addition to more space for their boxed beef production line, the new warehouse expansion will facilitate better workflow, efficiency, and capacity.
No new jobs are expected to be added because of the expansion, but the increased production levels will require a larger fleet of distributors. Tyson Fresh Meats has not announced details about their distributors or plans for the future. However, one thing is for sure — Nebraska will remain an important point of business for the meat giant and serve as a hub for distribution around the U.S. The community is excited that their local economy will stay strong. Tyson Fresh Meats has facilities in several states.