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Tyson Foods to invest $60M to nearly double in size, create new jobs in Schuylkill County

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The Tyson Foods Distribution Center will invest nearly $60 million to expand its warehouse in Highridge Business Park.
The Tyson Foods Distribution Center will invest nearly $60 million to expand its warehouse in Highridge Business Park. - (Photo / )

The Tyson Foods Distribution Center will invest nearly $60 million to expand its warehouse in Highridge Business Park near Interstate 81 in Cass Township, Schuylkill Township, Gov. Tom Wolf announced.

The investment is expected to create 114 new full-time jobs over the next three years, Wolf said.

“The I-81 corridor has become an extremely attractive location for food processors, and I applaud Tyson Foods for choosing to grow right here in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said in a statement.

Tyson plans to add 164,000 square feet to its existing 182,000-square-foot building in Cass Township near Pottsville.

“This expansion will allow us to better service our customers and ship our complete portfolio of … brands from one distribution center,” Gregg Uecker, senior vice president of network planning and integration at Tyson Foods, said in a statement.

Once the jobs are created, Tyson Warehousing Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods, will get a $46,400 Workforce and Economic Development Network grant and $228,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits through the state Department of Community & Economic Development.

Steve Field, chairman of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp., said he was heartened by Tyson’s expansion in the county because it reflects the company’s confidence in the community and workforce.

Tyson Foods Inc., based in Springdale, Ark., is one of the largest food companies in the world and supplies food service to customers throughout the United States and 115 countries. The company employs about 114,000 people in more than 400 facilities.

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