In an effort to meet retail customer and consumer demand, Minneapolis-based Cargill is investing $2.3 million to install ground beef production and packaging equipment at its Wyalusing, Pa., beef processing facility. The equipment will add significant ground beef production capacity at the plant, while also increasing employment by 15-20 full-time jobs, according to Cargill.
“Cargill produces more ground beef than any other company in the world, and demand continues to be strong for this form of protein as an American staple food,” said Andy Ripic, Cargill VP and plant general manager at Wyalusing. “With the arrival of spring we will soon be getting into the grilling season, so installing equipment, adding jobs and filling the ground beef needs for retailers we serve in the northeast is a ‘win’ for everyone involved.”
Built in 1942 by Taylor Packing Company, Cargill acquired the Wyalusing beef plant in 2002. The plant’s 1,150 employees process up to 1,800 head of cattle daily, making the facility one of the largest beef processing plants on the east coast. The facility produces beef for retail and foodservice customers throughout the northeastern portion of the U.S., and is one of nine beef processing facilities Cargill operates in North America.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries.