Smithfield is OK in KC
by MEAT+POULTRY staff
SMITHFIELD, Va. – Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced Oct. 13 it will continue to invest in Kansas City. The company will be extending its lease on office space in Kansas City, Mo., an investment of well over $10 million in rent and capital investments, as well as make improvements to its facility in Platte County.
Smithfield, the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, formerly operated in Kansas City through Farmland Foods, which had been located in Kansas City since 1959. Smithfield conducted some organizational realignment earlier this year which resulted in unifying all of its brands, marketing and independent-operating companies, including Farmland, under one corporate umbrella.
“Smithfield has been a part of the Kansas City community for many years, and it is important for us to maintain that commitment,” said Smithfield’s CEO, C. Larry Pope. “Our employees are our most valuable asset, and our Kansas City office provides them with the opportunity to thrive and develop their careers.”
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said, “Smithfield has been a major Kansas City employer for many years, and we are thrilled to see the company deepen its roots in our city. We are grateful that they see the value of remaining in Kansas City, Mo., and will continue to benefit from our central location, skilled workforce and innovative economic community.”