SPRINGDALE, ARK. – Since breaking ground on an expansion project at its Caseyville, Ill., prepared foods plant in August 2022, officials with Tyson Foods Inc. announced the company has increased its workforce projections to 400 new employees.

With a scheduled completion date of September 2024, the $180 million expansion project includes adding seven production lines and 270,000 more square feet at the plant to facilitate more automation and utilization of robotics in its warehouse space. 

The plant, which produces Tyson’s Hillshire Farm and Jimmy Dean breakfast items for retail customers, has been operating for more than 17 years in Caseyville. It currently employs more than 300 workers and an additional 450 will be hired by the time the expansion is completed.

“Since our facility’s operations began in 2005, Tyson Foods has become a pillar of our community, contributing to our city’s economic growth and giving back to the residents of Caseyville through community outreach,” said Christopher Rogers, plant manager. “This expansion will allow us to welcome hundreds of new team members to Tyson Foods, while being better equipped to serve the community we call home.”

About 250 of the new hires are expected to begin work upon completion of four of the new production lines in September 2023 with the remaining new workers to start after the remaining three lines are completed. 

Officials plan to hire for open positions that include maintenance, food safety quality assurance, production and management departments.