GARNER, NC – Butterball announced the company has expanded processing capabilities at its Carthage, Mo., facility.
The company expanded an existing burger line and added a roll stock roast line. A new tray pack line is in the works for October. The line expansions will add 90 positions and streamline plant operations, according to Butterball.
“Butterball is excited to announce three new product line additions at our Carthage plant, which creates nearly 100 new jobs for the local community,” said John Lenahan, complex manager at the Carthage facility. “These expansions will not only help meet the growing demand for Butterball products across the US, but they’ll also strengthen the existing economic partnership between the company and the state of Missouri.”
The burger line expansion created approximately 40 new jobs at the plant is expected it produce 11 million lbs. of burgers annually for retail, according to the company.
The new roll stock roast line became operational in May and uses a new form of packaging. The roll stock line's projected output is at 8 million lbs. of turkey breasts per year. The new line created 20 jobs at the facility. It also enables the company to achieve its overall sustainability goals, Butterball said.
A new tray pack line will begin production of packaged ground turkey for consumer markets starting in October. The new line is projected to produce approximately 14 million lbs. of ground turkey annually. It will require two new shifts, which translates to more than 30 local jobs. Production on the tray pack line is expected to gradually grow until it reaches a target output of 20 million lbs. annually, Butterball said.