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Tyson Fresh Meats production plant to be built in Eagle Mountain

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Tyson Fresh Meats will be building a $300 million food production plant in Eagle Mountain City. (Photo courtesy of Eagle Mountain City){ }

Tyson Fresh Meats will be investing $300 million into a new food production plant in Eagle Mountain City.

According to a press release, the facility will provide 800 jobs and is expected to expand to 1,200 positions within three years after it opens in 2021.

It will be located in the Pole Canyon development at the southwest end of Eagle Mountain City.

“We welcome Tyson Fresh Meats to Eagle Mountain,” Mayor Tom Westmoreland said in a press release. “This facility will provide jobs for our community, allowing people to work closer to home. It will also bring needed infrastructure, especially roads that will provide better east/west connection to the Cedar Valley. Tyson Foods is the second Fortune 100 company to invest in our city and we look forward to a great community partnership.”

Hourly wages for employees will range from $14.40 to $16.50, with health care benefits and 401(k). Some skilled employees may start at $20 per hour. The press release stated employees will have the opportunity to move up within the company. Annual payroll is projected at $44 million.

Tyson Fresh Meats is the beef and pork unit of Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the nation's leading food companies, according to a press release. The company already has plants in Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas.

“We’re grateful for the invitation to come to Eagle Mountain and Utah County,” said Nate Hodne, senior vice president and general manager of case-ready meats for Tyson Fresh Meats. “We’ve built some great relationships during the initial phases of this process, and we appreciate the strong support we’ve received from local leadership. Our team is excited to find upcoming opportunities to meet the people of Eagle Mountain and become a part of this vibrant community.”

The plant in Eagle Mountain will focus on meat cutting and packaging that converts fresh beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts and ground beef. The product is placed in trays, weighed and labeled, then shipped to retailers.

The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) estimates the new plant will add $27 million in new state tax revenue over the next 10 years and will have a $1 billion economic impact over the next 10 years.

“It’s great to see Tyson Foods expand in Eagle Mountain,” Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, stated in a press release. “New jobs in that area will provide employment opportunities for many city residents who commute to work in the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys. Employment opportunities like this, closer to home, help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.”

Tyson Fresh Meats will be eligible to earn up to 20% of new state taxes they will pay over a 10-year life agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Finance (EDIT) tax credit rebate, according to a press release. Each year the company meets the criteria, it will earn a portion of the total tax credit rebate.

Not everyone is happy about the announcement. A petition is circulating on Change.org that claims "Tyson has a reputation for poor treatment of its employees, high frequency of work injuries, and very poor work/life balance."

The petition has been signed by 161 people at the time this story was published. It can be accessed by clicking here.

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