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Tyson Food Completes Major Expansion at Plant in Union City, Tennessee

07/31/2020
Tyson Foods, Inc. completed an $87.6 million expansion at its existing operations in Union City, Tennessee.

The company has added an additional 40,000 square feet and new production lines to the Union City plant. The expansion began earlier this year, but announcements and construction have experienced delays due to the global pandemic. Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies, is expected to create approximately 230 jobs by the end of 2020 as part of the expansion.

“Customer and consumer demand for protein continues to increase so we’ve invested almost $200 million in recent years for projects that build on our strengths, expand our capabilities and increase our capacity. Expansions like this help position us to grow and support our customers, and we’re glad we’ve been able to do them in Tennessee,” said Keith Riley, Manager of the Union City Tyson Foods complex.

This is the company’s second expansion in Union City since 2017, when it announced an $80 million investment. Tyson employs more than 1,600 in Obion County. Its Union City complex supplies chicken for a national foodservice customer. Tyson also operates facilities in Goodlettsville, Newbern, Shelbyville and Humboldt, employing more than 5,500 in Tennessee.

“For more than two decades, Tyson has been an important part of Obion County’s economy, with its community impact stretching from the jobs Tyson creates to the local farmers supported by its operations. Tennessee’s economic recovery begins with job creation, and I thank Tyson for its investment and commitment to Union City,” said Governor Bill Lee.

“Tyson’s investment is encouraging news for Tennessee. TNECD is focused on attracting the job creation needed to rebuild our economy, especially in rural communities like Union City. Bringing Tennessee’s economy back will require strong partnerships between businesses and local communities, and TNECD is committed to supporting them every step of the way,” said TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe.

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