According to Triumph Foods officials, the company will be delaying construction on an East Moline, Ill., hog processing plant until 2009. Instead, the company will focus on making improvements to its pant in St. Joseph, Mo.

At a news conference, Rick Hoffman, Truimph chief executive officer, said that construction on ther East Moline Triumph plant would begin by January 2009, with the target of opening by mid-2010. The original plan was to get the plant up and running in January 2009.

Hoffman said that Triumph now plans to increase hog processing at the Illinois plant from 16,000 hogs a day to 18,000. The employee scale also increased. The original plan was for the plant to hire 1,000 workers, that figure has now been pushed to 2,000 to 2,400 employees.

Triumph is currently working on three major improvement projects at its St. Joseph, Mo. plant, noted Hoffman. These include upgrading the refrigeration system to accommodate 18,000 hogs a day. That plant has been open since 2006.

Source: Triumph Foods,