New plant in Columbia expected to process 40 million pounds of Italian meats per year


Charles Dunlap, Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)

Sep 17, 2022


Swift Prepared Foods is getting ready to begin hiring employees to work at its new Italian meats processing plant set to open next year off Paris Road in north Columbia.


Hiring efforts will ramp up in November as the plant prepares for a start date of Jan. 1, officials said Thursday.


Swift aims to have at least 200 employees at the facility.


"This will be one of Swift's largest plants at 325,000 square feet and also the first of its kind producing charcuterie and Italian meats," said Garrett Fortune, plant engineer. "Everything you see at stores at the deli counter."


Output is expected at 40 million pounds of meat products per year, Fortune said.


Swift plans to be one of the employers available at a job fair 1-4 p.m. Thursday at Armory Sports and Recreation Center, 701 E. Ash St.


"As far as construction, the plant is at about 80% right now, and 90% to schedule. We are maintaining schedule. We got our last transformers last week," Fortune said, adding the plant will now be able to start installing equipment.


The company purchased construction materials before issues related to the supply chain increasingly impacted the globe, but there still were snags, Fortune said...


How Swift chose Columbia


Swift selected Columbia last year for its Italian meats plant at an 80-acre location along Paris Road, next to Schneider Electric and 3M and near Kraft Heinz, Aurora Organic Dairy and Quaker...


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