MARSHALL, Mo. -- Cargill Meat Solutions has expanded its case-ready meat facility in Marshall with a new production line of value-added food products, a capital investment of $15.8 million that is expected to create 50 new local jobs over the next year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced.

Last September, this facility added this new production line for value-added products, including ready-to-cook beef, pork and chicken items to be sold in retail supermarkets and stores throughout the US. The company could be eligible for a strategic economic incentive package from the state of Missouri if it meets the program's strict job creation and investment requirements.

"We are thrilled to be expanding our food production capabilities at our case-ready meat processing plant in Marshall," said Jody Horner, president of Cargill's North American case-ready meat business based in Wichita, Kan. "This is an excellent example of public-private collaboration that generates the type of investment to expand business, add jobs and grow the state's economy. This is a wonderful day for the state of Missouri, the Marshall community and Cargill."