Sara Lee Corp., Downers Grove, Ill., said it expects by 2011 to build a $130 million sliced meat processing facility in Kansas City, Mo. The 187,000-square-foot operation would employ more than 250 people.

"This industry-leading facility will reinforce our competitive advantage in value-added meats, one of Sara Lee's top strategic categories and long-term growth drivers," said CJ Fraleigh, executive vice president and chief executive officer, North American Retail & Foodservice. "It will help us further build our Hillshire Farm and Sara Lee brands, both leaders in the fast-growing category of premium lunchmeat."