Tyson Foods has announced plans to expand its Cherokee, Iowa deli plant and boost production by 20 million pounds, according to NBC's KARE 11 TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The expansion will increase annual production to 75 million pounds of product including Canadian bacon, hot dogs and deli meat, according to the report.
In addition, Tyson will spend $5 million to install new slicing lines in the plant. The company is also adding new smokehouses and chillers. The number of new employees Tyson will require has not been determined.
”The renovations are expected to be completed this summer, but other details still need to be hashed out,” says Jerry Menke, general manager of Tyson Deli. "It's not only important that we're going to hire some more people, it's the security of the jobs of the people that are working here."