Tyson Foods will convert and reopen a plant in Columbia, S.C., that it closed last year.
The plant had been producing pizza toppings and taco fillings when Tyson shut it down in August. The company announced March 17 that it will reopen it in May as a facility for case-ready beef and pork after an initial investment of $42 million.
The plant will produce fresh cuts of beef and pork, as well as ground beef, for retail outlets in the eastern U.S. Tyson anticipates making further investments of $55 million in improvements and equipment after the plant reopens.
“We’re pleased to bring operations back to Columbia and are very grateful for the strong state and local support we’ve received for this project,” Nate Hodne, a Tyson senior vice president, said in a statement.
Tyson has case-ready beef and pork facilities in Iowa, Tennessee and Texas, and will open a new one in Utah later this year.