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Tyson Foods Breaks Ground on Sizzling New Facility in Kentucky Transpark

Published Wednesday, February 2, 2022 2:00 pm

Bowling Green, KY., February 2, 2022 – Tyson Foods, one of the world’s leading protein companies, broke ground today on its new 400,000 SF facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This groundbreaking celebrates Tyson’s announcement as the largest attraction project in the history of the Transpark in Bowling Green and Warren County with the creation of 451 jobs and a capital investment of $355M.

While Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of pork, chicken, and beef products for customers worldwide, this Kentucky Transpark location will see the production of Jimmy Dean® products and Wright® Brand bacon, which is known for its delicious hand-trimmed and thick-cut real wood smoked bacon.

“This is a historic day for Tyson Foods as we invest to meet the continued growth of our iconic Wright® and Jimmy Dean® brands,” said Noelle O’Mara, Group President of Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to build on our successful relationship with the State of Kentucky and look forward to contributing to the community in Bowling Green and Warren County.”

“Tyson foods announced this tremendous investment in Warren County just over three months ago, and I am thrilled to join the company’s leaders for today’s groundbreaking as they quickly move forward with the project,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This commitment to create hundreds of jobs in Bowling Green is amazing news for the workforce throughout the region and builds on Tyson’s already impressive presence in our state. I look forward to our continued growth together.”

“I'm excited that Tyson Foods has chosen to invest in our community and want to thank its leaders and our local and state economic development officials for working together to make this possible,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “This groundbreaking today is further proof that our community has so much to offer businesses—from a diverse and highly trained workforce to a quality of life that is second to none.”

“Job creation of this magnitude by Tyson Foods is an investment in the future of the people of Bowling Green,” said Mayor Todd Alcott. “Tyson Foods is a highly recognizable symbol in homes across the world, and we are excited to now call them a member of our community.”

“It’s always an exciting day when we can celebrate a company’s commitment to impactful job creation and investment in the region. TVA, along with our partners Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to support companies like Tyson Foods and look forward to its future business success in the Commonwealth,” said John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development.

“Warren RECC is excited to welcome Tyson Foods to the Kentucky Transpark. This project will have a substantial positive impact on our local economy, and we are grateful to have them as a member,” said Dewayne McDonald President & CEO of Warren RECC.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Tyson Food’s groundbreaking today,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “I am confident that Tyson will be an exceptional corporate citizen to our wonderful community. We look forward to this diversification of our economy and working with Tyson to grow here well into the future.”

The total anticipated economic impact of this expansion of Tyson Foods will exceed $2.7 billion over the next decade. Tyson Foods employees will contribute $334,007,284 in household spending over the next 10 years which includes spending $17,702,384 at local restaurants, spending $11,690,254 in property taxes, $27,722,602 on groceries, $54,512,653 on health services, and $4,212,000 on arts and entertainment. The spending generated by their employees also supports an additional 2,479 jobs in the community. 

In 2021, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce closed 20 economic development projects in South Central Kentucky, totaling $860M in capital investment and generating 1,999 new jobs. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Livability as a “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in addition to being ranked as the second-best city in the United States for manufacturing by Global Trade Magazine. Additionally, Site Selection Magazine has awarded the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce the prestigious Mac Conway Award placing it in the top twenty economic development organizations in the United States for performance in 2020.

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About Tyson Foods:

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available, and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 139,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities, and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land, and environment entrusted to it. Visit TYSONFOODS.COM to learn more.

About South Central Kentucky Economic Development:

South Central Kentucky Economic Development is an entity of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, a nationally ranked 5-Star Accredited Chamber. Located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern United States, South Central Kentucky is a prime location for manufacturing and distribution facilities. South Central Kentucky is within a day’s drive of 60% of the nation's population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Bowling Green ranks second in the United States for best manufacturing city. In the past decade, the region has captured over four billion in capital investment, creating thousands of jobs within the region. To learn more please visit https://www.southcentralky.com/