Cal-Maine Completes Acquisition of Tyson’s Dexter, Missouri, Processing Plant

March 15, 2024
Facility will be converted to process shell egg and egg products, Cal-Maine Foods announced.

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of the former Tyson Foods broiler processing plant, hatchery and feed mill in Dexter, Mo., according to a release from the company. Tyson closed the facility in 2023, one of six that the meat and poultry processor shuttered during a tumultuous year.

Cal-Maine announced it would acquire the facility at the end of December 2023, and it plans to remodel and repurpose the complex for use in shell egg and egg products production. Tyson announced the facility would be closed during its third-quarter earnings announcement in August 2023.

In the release, Sherman Miller, president and CEO of Cal-Maine, said the company was pleased to join the Dexter community and excited about being able to expand operations.

“We intend to partner with the existing strong network of local contract growers who can support our shell egg production capabilities,” he said. Miller additionally lauded Dexter’s central geographic location and strong workforce, noting that the company was looking forward to new production opportunities, including the potential for additional free-range capacity.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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