Smithfield Will Move Smoked Hams to Kentucky plant

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Smithfield Packing Co. will move its smoked-ham operations from Kinston, N.C., to Grayson, Ky., and plans to spend $10 million to update Kentucky plant.

The Grayson plant will be the processing site for a wide range of boneless hams, bone-in hams and smoked pork chops. Smithfield purchased the plant from Cook's Family Foods in 2006 and has been processing Cook's bone-in portioned hams. Smithfield will take six weeks to renovate the facility, adding refrigeration and packaging capacity.

Smithfield officials say that modernizing the Grayson facility offers the company and its customers improved options. "We are committed to providing our customers with the safest and highest quality pork products in the world, and the Grayson facility will play an important role in helping us fulfill that promise,"Joe Luter IV, president and chief operating officer of Smithfield Packing, said in a press release.

This action follows Smithfield's announcement that it was closing its smoked-ham operations in Kinston because it was too old and costly to modernize
Source: Smithfield Packing,

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