With increasing pig supplies ready to come online, Seaboard Triumph Foods announced Friday it will ramp up production for a second shift at its Sioux City plant starting October 2018. Once the second shift is in full production, the plant will employ 2,000 employees and process 21,000 market hogs daily.
Since May, the new plant has been running limited operations on second shift, while hiring and training employees for the second shift, company leaders say.
“We are extremely thankful and proud of the entire team who has made this moment possible. With their commitment and dedication to make first shift fully operational, we all are looking forward to the second shift ramp up,” says Mark Porter, Seaboard Triumph Foods chief operating officer. He adds, “We’re also grateful for the continued support from the community and local and state leadership and officials.”
The Sioux City, Iowa, plant started operations Sept. 5, 2017 with one shift of 1,100 employees, processing 10,000 head of market hogs per day. The design of the facility incorporates robotics and innovative technologies for state-of-the-art modern facility. It took nearly two years to construct the plant.
“We are so appreciative of the collaborative efforts with the regional hog producers who have helped supply our plant. Continuing to build new and strengthen existing relationships with those producers is very important to us.”
Primary hog supplies are sourced from Triumph Foods producer-owners’ farms and Seaboard Foods’ farms. About 30% of the market hogs at the Sioux City plant will be sourced from regional farmers who align with Seaboard Triumph Foods’ animal care and environmental stewardship practices, and share a common commitment to seeking a better way to produce wholesome pork.
Seaboard Foods will market and sell the pork under the PrairieFresh Premium Pork and Seaboard Farms international brands. The plant will also supply Daily’s Premium Meats with raw materials for its premium pork products, including raw and precooked bacon.
Seaboard Foods is a subsidiary of Seaboard Corp., with a pork processing plant in Guymon, Okla. Triumph Foods is owned exclusively by pork producers, with a processing plant in St. Joseph, Mo.