Tyson Foods, Inc. will soon conclude a multi-million dollar line expansion at its Mexican Original tortilla plant in Fayetteville, Ark.
The expansion, which is estimated to cost $7 million, will create two additional lines that will produce a new item for a national foodservice customer. Tyson officials said the expansion will eventually require an additional 60 people be hired to run the lines for three shifts. The timeline for hiring is early- to mid-January. The plant currently employs about 500 people.
The project has involved the renovation of approximately 120,000 square feet of space and the installation of new machinery. The plant will also receive some upgrades to restrooms and break room areas.
“We’re excited about producing this new product in partnership with our customer,” said Richard Irvin, complex manager of Mexican Original. “We helped them develop a product that meets their needs and should help grow their business. This is a textbook example of us seeking to be our customers’ go-to supplier.”
The Fayetteville Mexican Original plant is one of Tyson Foods’ three dedicated tortilla operations. The others are in Portland, Ind., and Sanford, N.C. Mexican Original is the nation’s second largest manufacturer of tortillas, which are sold to foodservice and restaurant customers.
e:EN?2frx]y?7y Campbell, Connolly served in various marketing and brand management roles at Procter & Gamble for a decade. He earned his B.A. degree in economics from Vanderbilt University, and his M.B.A. degree in general management from the University of Texas at Austin.
"The North American meats business, with its leading brands and strong market position, has tremendous opportunities for growth as a pure-play company," said Connolly. "I look forward to working with an experienced and talented team to build this successful new company and create value for shareholders."
Connolly succeeds Marcel Smits, chief executive officer, Sara Lee Corp., who assumed responsibilities for leading the North American business in September 2011 until a permanent leader was named.