Iowa’s loss is Nebraska’s gain. Tyson Foods plans to expand its meat-processing plant in Dakota City, Nebraska, adding 200 jobs.
Tyson spokesman Gary Mikelson says the expansion may mean Tyson no longer needs its smaller beef processing plant in Dension, Iowa, about 75 miles to the east.
He says they have not made a final decision yet, but he says if the Denison facility did close next year, the 400 employees would be encouraged to seek jobs at the Dakota City plant.
Mikelson says the decision to close the Iowa factory will be based on the availability of cattle to slaughter in the Denison area.
“This is a very difficult scenario to consider, given the impact it would have on our people and the long history that that plant has had in the meat industry,” Mikelson says. “However, unless area cattle supplies increase significantly, it may make economic sense to discontinue operations there next year.”
Mikelson says they are making millions of dollars in upgrades at the Dakota City plant. He says the work should be done by the middle of 2013.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City