JBS USA, Greeley, Colo., announced a nearly $20 million expansion of its Plumrose USA prepared foods business in Ottumwa, Iowa, to meet growing demand for high-quality bacon products in foodservice and retail. The expansion includes additional bacon processing and slicing capacities, bacon equipment upgrades and new state-of-the-art slicing equipment. The investment will result in 25 new job opportunities.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to the Ottumwa community, and reinforces our strategy to grow our business through key customer partnerships,” says Tom Lopez, president of Plumrose USA. “This significant investment will create more opportunities for local producers, strengthen our leading portfolio of high-quality, value-added pork products and support the growth aspirations of key customers.”
The facility upgrades will be completed by September. The Ottumwa facility was built in 1976, and produces more than 1 billion pounds of fresh pork and bacon products per year.