Tyson expands Arkansas tortilla plant

by Eric Schroeder
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FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Tyson Foods, Inc. said it is close to concluding a multi-million dollar line expansion at its Mexican Original tortilla plant in Fayetteville that has included the renovation of approximately 120,000 square feet of space and the installation of new machinery.

The expansion, which is estimated to cost $7 million, will create two additional lines that will produce a new item for a national food service customer. Tyson officials said the expansion eventually will require an additional 60 people be hired to run the lines for three shifts. The plant currently employs about 500 people.

“We’re excited about producing this new product in partnership with our customer,” said Richard Irvin, complex manager of Mexican Original. “We helped them develop a product that meets their needs and should help grow their business. This is a textbook example of us seeking to be our customers’ go-to supplier.”

The Fayetteville Mexican Original plant is one of Tyson Foods’ three dedicated tortilla operations. The others are in Portland, Ind., and Sanford, N.C. Mexican Original is the nation’s second largest manufacturer of tortillas, which are sold to food service and restaurant customers.

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