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Seaboard Triumph Foods Expanding New Plant

With six months to go until opening, the new Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing facility in Sioux City, Iowa, already plans to include a second shift.

The addition of a second shift will allow processing of up to approximately 6 million hogs annually, says Seaboard Triumph Foods. 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. Currently, Seaboard Foods markets and sells fresh pork processed by Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Seaboard Foods in Guymon, Oklahoma. 

“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,” says Mark Porter, Seaboard Triumph Foods chief operating officer.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott says, “Today’s announcement to add a second shift shows the confidence that Seaboard Triumph Foods has in our community. 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.

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.

Together, Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods have aligned their farm operations and pork processing, including genetics, pig nutrition, animal care, food safety, and product quality, to ensure consistent, wholesome premium pork products to their customers. If the two companies were considered as a single combined entity, they would comprise the second-largest hog producer and a top 5 U.S. pork processor.

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