Tyson Foods Inc. expects to resume hog slaughtering at its Logansport, Ind., plant late this week or early next week after a March 5 fire forced a shutdown.
The company has repaired a roof damaged by the fire and is in the process of replacing equipment and rewiring electrical lines, Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an e-mailed statement.
Some hogs that would have normally been shipped to Logansport are now being diverted to Tyson plants in eastern Iowa, Mickelson said. The Logansport plant can process as many as 15,000 pigs a day, or about a fifth of Tyson’s total U.S. capacity.
Tyson said it resumed pork processing at the plant March 6 after receiving approval from USDA inspectors, and expects some processing operations to continue throughout this week.
The fire involved equipment used to singe hair on pork carcasses, though a specific cause has not been confirmed, Tyson said. There were no injuries.
The Logansport shutdown contributed to pressure on CME Group lean hog futures Monday on expectations demand for slaughter-ready animals may be crimped. April lean hog futures fell 0.3 cent to 72.8 cents a pound.