New job opportunities announced in Denison, Iowa
by MEAT+POULTRY staff
DENISON, Iowa – With news swirling about the fate of the 400
employees left jobless after Tyson Fresh Meats announced the immediate closure
of its Denison-based beef plant, a nearby processor is awaiting approval of
expansion plans that would create up to 200 jobs and another announced it would
be hiring 80 new workers in the next two months.
According to a story published by The Daily Nonpareil,
Quality Food Processors LLC is planning a $20 million expansion of its bacon
processing facility, pending approval by city officials. Quality Food
Processors, also based in Denison, is adding 200 workers to the 100 employees
currently working at the plant. The company is scheduled to hold a job fair
Aug. 25 at the Denison National Guard Armory. Meanwhile, another pork
processing plant in Denison, owned by Smithfield Foods, announced Aug. 14 it
would be adding 80 positions in the next 60 days.
Evan Blakley, executive director of the Chamber and
Development Council of Crawford County, told the Nonpareil that the news of the
Tyson plant closing was disruptive to many workers, but the opportunities for
employment in the area are a reason for optimism.
“It has been a challenge for us, but we have a lot of
industry here in Crawford County,” Blakley said. “It’s definitely not the end
of the community, and I feel we can absorb most of these jobs.”