BOWLING GREEN, KY. – Tyson Foods announced it will make a $355 million investment to open a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky., that will focus on Jimmy Dean and Wright Brand bacon products. 

The company expects to create 450 jobs at the plant.

“We are excited to be a part of the Warren County and Kentucky communities that will help us continue to provide the iconic Wright Brand and Jimmy Dean products our consumers and customers desire,” said Noelle O’Mara, group president of prepared foods for Tyson Foods. “As people actively look to add more protein to their diets, Tyson is uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand.”

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce anticipated that the economic impact for this facility would exceed $2.7 billion in the next 10 years. The group expects 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 Tyson employees also supports an additional 2,479 jobs in the community. 

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was among the state and local leaders that praised the project Tyson will be taking on in the next few years.

“Tyson Foods has a longstanding presence in the Commonwealth, and its leaders’ vision for the future will make the company a great fit for Bowling Green and the surrounding region,” Beshear said.