October 12,  2020

 

Tyson Foods subsidiary permitted extension to get more workers at Iowa, US plant

 


Member at a city council meeting has permitted Tyson Fresh Meats an extension to hire more workers at its pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, the United States.


The subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc. initially agreed to create 245 full-time jobs by September 30, 2020 as it received approximately US$2 million in tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).


Additionally, the company received US$396,000 in sales and tax refunds as part of the project. Tyson now has until May 31, 2021, to fill those positions at the facility.


When the expansion project at the Waterloo plant was announced in September 2017, IEDA required a local match of Tyson's expansion according to the Waterloo Courier.


Incentives were also part of Tyson expanding its Waterloo facility by more than 56,000 square feet of space to close to 540,000 square feet. There will also be a renovation of an existing 56,400 square feet.


The facility in Waterloo was hit by COVID-19 in spring with Tyson suspending operations at the plant on April 22 after more than 1,000 workers tested positive.


The company reopened the plant in early May, but officials from Black Hawk County, which includes Waterloo, expressed concerns about community spread and Tyson employees not having proper personal protective equipment (PPE) during the first outbreak.


Iowa's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the facility and did not find violations at the plant.


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