Triumph Foods plans to add a second shift for pork processing, according to company officials. The St. Joseph, Mo., company is in the processing of hiring employees for that shift. If they get enough people hired, the second shift will begin on Aug. 7, otherwise it will be delayed for a week.

The $130-million facility opened for business the first week of this year. The plant is capable of processing more than 1,000 hogs per hour. The opening of the Triumph Foods plant has pushed U.S. daily hog slaughter capacity up to around 415,000 head. When the second shift is added and up to speed, the industry's daily capacity should reach 423,000 head by the fourth quarter.

The producer-owners of Triumph Foods will provide the hogs needed for the second shift as well, which will tighten supplies further to some of the other packers Triumph Foods is planning to build a second plant similar to the St. Joseph plant in East Moline, Ill.

Seaboard Foods is buying and marketing the pork being produced by Triumph Foods.

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