Tyson Fresh Meats to Build Food Production Plant in Utah

Pete CodellaNews, Tax Credits

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) today announced Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., will invest almost $300 million to build a food production plant in Utah that will initially provide 800 jobs and is expected to expand to 1,200 positions within three years after opening. It will also add an estimated $27 million in new state tax revenue over the next 10 years.

“We are pleased that Tyson Foods, a Fortune 100 Company, has selected Utah to build its newest facility,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “This well-known company has a long history and great reputation. It will allow them to have better distribution and access to the western states.”

The new facility will be a case ready plant. It will be involved in converting large cuts of beef and pork into steaks, chops, roasts and ground meat that are placed in retail trays, weighed and labeled and then shipped to retailers to be sold through the grocery meat case.

Tyson Fresh Meats is the beef and pork unit of Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the nation’s leading food companies. The business currently operates case ready plants in Iowa, Tennessee and Texas and hopes to open the Utah facility as soon as 2021. Online video of the Texas facility can be accessed here.

“We’re excited about building a new food plant in Utah and appreciate the state’s support and the exceptional people we’ve met,” said Nate Hodne, senior vice president and general manager of case ready meats for Tyson Fresh Meats. “We believe Utah is a great location because of the availability of labor and property and the access to highways and rail. Once built, the new facility will help us meet growing demand for case ready meat in the western U.S.”

Company representatives have assessed several potential plant sites in the Salt Lake City area and are currently collaborating with local officials at one of the locations to confirm all needed infrastructure and other support will be available. Once remaining questions are answered, more information will be shared.

State tax incentives for the project are based on 500 of the expected high-paying jobs. The total wages in aggregate for each position used to determine incentives must exceed 110 percent of the average county wage. Projected new state wages over the life of the agreement may be up to $202,633,508. Projected new state tax revenues, as a result of corporate, payroll and sales tax are estimated to be $27,791,620. In addition, this project will also increase local property taxes and provide other benefits to state and local entities.

“Tyson Fresh Meat’s expansion demonstrates that Utah is more than a hotbed for Software and IT companies. This manufacturing plant will diversify the local economy and provide opportunities for residents to work close to home,” said Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

Tyson Fresh Meats may earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over the 10-year life of the agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Finance (EDIF) tax credit. As part of the contract with Tyson, the GOED Board of Directors has approved an EDTIF post-performance tax credit not to exceed $5,258,324 and a post-performance Industrial Assistance Account economic opportunity for the last-mile infrastructure of $300,000 representing 20 percent of the estimated $27,791,620 of new state revenue, which may be earned over 10 years. Each year Tyson meets the criteria in its contract with the state, the company will earn a portion of the total tax credit.

The Utah Legislature has authorized economic development incentives in the form of post-performance tax credits. Eligible companies work with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development to outline specific performance criteria. GOED confirms whether those criteria have been met.