Bacon continues to drive consumer demand for pork. JBS USA is looking to meet this growing foodservice and retail demand with a $20 million expansion of its Ottumwa, Iowa, pork plant.
The expansion includes additional bacon processing and equipment upgrades, including a state-of-the-art slicing equipment. Twenty-five new jobs will be added at the plant.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to the Ottumwa community and reinforces our strategy to grow our business through key customer partnerships,” said Tom Lopez, president of Plumrose USA, a division of JBS, in a press release. “This significant investment will create more opportunities for local producers, strengthen our leading portfolio of high quality, value-added pork products, and support the growth aspirations of key customers.”
The facility upgrades will be completed by September 2019. The Ottumwa facility, built in 1976, produces 6 million 8-oz. servings of pork per day and more than 1 billion pounds of fresh pork and bacon products per year.