Seaboard Triumph Foods announced it will start operation of its new pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa, this week, beginning with one shift and about 1,100 employees once it ramps to full production.
Employees started training at the plant in early August. At full one-shift capacity, the plant will process around 10,000 head of market hogs per day.
About 30% of the hogs at the Sioux City plant will come from regional farmers. The remaining hogs will be supplied by Triumph Foods producer-owners and Seaboard Foods’ farms.
With 925,000-square-foot of space, the new processing facility will use robotics and technologies to produce a full line of fresh pork products. Construction delays pushed the plant opening back earlier this summer. It took nearly two years to construct the plant.
In May 2018, the company plans to start a second shift, which will increase its total workforce to 2,000.
Seaboard Foods will market and sell the pork under the PrairieFresh Premium Pork and Seaboard Farms brands. The plant will also supply Daily’s Premium Meats with raw materials for its premium pork products, including raw and precooked bacon.
Seaboard Foods is a subsidiary of Seaboard Corp., with a pork processing plant in Guymon, Okla. Triumph Foods is owned exclusively by pork producers, with a processing plant in St. Joseph, Mo.
Seaboard Triumph Pork Plant Starts Production This Week