Tyson Foods Donates to Local Organizations as Part of Pork Plant’s 40th Anniversary in Storm Lake

The Tyson pork plant in Storm Lake is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

This past Saturday, the plant donated more than 40-thousand pounds of protein to local food pantries and organizations, which equates to more than 160-thousand meals for local individuals and families. The plant has also awarded five donations of four-thousand dollars to several local organizations including Upper Des Moines Opportunity, CAASA, Ready Set Grow, the Storm Lake Police Department’s Mini Pitch Project, and the Storm Lake Rotary Club.

Storm Lake Mayor Mike Porsch says Tyson Foods is integral to the community…(audio clip below)

The Storm Lake pork plant opened in 1982 after IBP, which was later acquired by Tyson Foods, purchased the facility to begin its pork business. The pork plant currently employs 23-hundred team members with an annual payroll of approximately 140-million dollars.

Tyson also operates a turkey plant in Storm Lake, and the company recently constructed a new feed mill in the community.

Tyson spends more than 850-million dollars annually to purchase hogs from more than 300 area farmers to supply the plant. The company has invested more than 75-million dollars to upgrade their plants over the last couple of years.