Perdue Premium Meat Completes $29M Pork Plant Expansion

12:02PM Jan 24, 2020
Perdue Premium Meat Company Plant Expansion
( Perdue Premium Meat Company )

Perdue Premium Meat Company’s (PPMC) Sioux Center pork harvest facility has completed its $29-million expansion. 

The company said the renovated plant includes state-of-the-art equipment, innovative case-ready offers and new benefits to support employee wellbeing and the environment. 

“This expansion of the PPMC processing facility builds on our 20-year leadership in the custom pork processing business,” said Gary Malenke, senior vice president of Perdue Premium Pork Operations. “The growth allows for new case-ready production that will allow for exciting new options for our customers looking to have their products stand out on the shelf.”

PPMC, a subsidiary of Perdue Farms, said the plant expansion will allow the company to not only harvest the livestock, but also break down and package the products so they are case ready, including ground pork, pork chops and other products. The streamlined process will improve efficiencies and create a simpler process for both the plant and its customers, the company said in a release.

In addition, new equipment is being implemented for case-ready products, including new high-performance packaging that provides longer shelf life, improved product presentation and recyclable components.

The plant’s improvements will also include enhanced associate safety features and expanded employee wellness programs, the release said. Staff can enjoy a new on-site wellness center, a new training center, improved ergonomic equipment and an expanded cafeteria. 

Perdue Farms acquired the Sioux Center facility in 2015 as part of its acquisition of Natural Food Holdings and Sioux-Preme Packing Co Inc., Food Business News reports. PPMC has more than 20 plants with Sioux Center being Perdue’s only pork facility.

“Perdue’s Sioux Center location focuses on providing niche products such as antibiotic-free, breed specific or organic pork,” said Gary Malenke, senior vice president of Perdue Premium Pork Operations in a Sioux Center News article. The facility produces pork for the Coleman Natural, Niman Ranch and Sioux-Preme brands and has products in stores like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

The Sioux Center facility runs on 100% wind power and uses a closed-loop wastewater system that filters and recycles to provide nutrients to surrounding farmland. The plant is Certified Humane and incorporates several practices that go further than industry standards, including live video feed monitored by a third party, the company release said.

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