Tyson Foods celebrated the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art food production facility at Bowling Green’s Kentucky Transpark. The $355 million plant will create nearly 450 full-time jobs and is among the largest investment, job-creation projects announced in Warren County.
“The economic success we’ve seen in Warren County in the last several years has been impressive,” said Gov. Beshear. “Tyson Foods has played a key role in Bowling Green’s economy for years, and today’s grand opening marks an exciting next chapter in the company’s long history serving the commonwealth. I want to thank Tyson Foods and its leadership for their continued belief in this great state and look forward to their continued success in Kentucky.”
Spanning 400,000 square feet, the facility is dedicated to producing popular Tyson Foods brands – Jimmy Dean and Wright Brand bacon – as well as bacon for food service. The plant is expected to output over two million pounds of bacon products each week, meeting escalating demand in retail and food service. Equipped with industry-leading technology, the advanced production facility features high-tech robotics for increased efficiency and workforce safety.
The nearly 450 new jobs created by the project will contribute to the local economy and workforce development. Tyson Foods has partnered with Western Kentucky University and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) to establish training programs that will equip the workforce with the skills needed in modern food production.
“We are excited to partner with the state of Kentucky to create jobs, improve workforce skills and contribute to the community of Bowling Green and Warren County,” said Donnie King, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “We are grateful for the partnerships that made our advanced new food production facility possible.”
Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein production. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under four generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands, including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright Brand, Aidells, ibp and State Fair. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable and affordable, meeting customers’ needs worldwide. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company employs approximately 139,000 team members.
Warren County Judge/Executive Doug Gorman expressed his excitement for the project becoming operational: “The opening of Tyson Foods’ state-of-the-art facility is a landmark event for Warren County. It’s a symbol of economic growth and community development, promising a brighter future for our residents.”
Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott noted the economic impact this project will bring to the area: “Tyson Foods’ decision to build this advanced facility here is a significant vote of confidence in our community. This plant not only brings new jobs but also reinforces Bowling Green’s reputation as a desirable location for leading global companies.”
Ron Bunch, president and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, expressed his enthusiasm for the project: “The grand opening of Tyson Foods’ facility is a landmark moment for Bowling Green. It’s more than just a new building; it’s a beacon of economic transformation and a testament to our community’s potential for growth and innovation.”
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