December 18, 2020
Tyson Foods idles production at its Iowa plant following mechanical malfunction
Tyson Foods said it had idled production at its pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, following a mechanical malfunction in the plant's refrigeration system, Reuters reported.
The plant, operated by the company's beef and pork subsidiary Tyson Fresh Meats, said no workers were hurt from the malfunctions. However, the plant will remain idle for a few days to facilitate repairs.
Tyson's Columbus Junction, Iowa plant slaughters 10,100 swine daily or 2% of the country's total slaughtering capacity.
Steve Stouffer, group president at Tyson Fresh Meats, said they are planning to move production elsewhere temporarily. He said it is too early to give a definitive date for the plant to resume operations.