Perry Industries  
Key Employers - Tyson Foods, Inc.
Striving to be the most efficient producer of the highest quality meat products. This is what has made Tyson Foods, Inc. the world’s leading provider of red meat and related allied products.

Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the “Powered by TysonTM strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. Tyson has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.

Tyson Foods, Inc. pork plant in Perry is an important part of the company’s continuing efforts to help feed the world. The fresh pork operation custom processes and packages pork specifically for Nippon Meat Packers, Inc., which is Japan’s largest meat company. Primary products include such items as boneless loins, tenderloins, hams and spareribs. The plant also produces allied products. For example, pork trimmings are used to make sausage while glands are sold to produce various pharmaceutical products.

Meatpacking has long been an important part of Perry’s economy. Oscar Mayer owned and operated the plant on the west edge of the city for more than 20 years before selling it to IBP, Inc. in late 1988. IBP invested millions of dollars to extensively remodel the facility to produce pork for the world marketplace.

In 2001, IBP, Inc. merged with Tyson Foods, Inc. to become the largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500.

People have played a key role in the success of Tyson Foods, Inc. in Perry. Approximately 1,100 team members are employed at the plant, making it one of the largest private employers in Dallas County. Last year the operation generated a payroll of 28.5 million dollars.

In order to produce the highest quality of meat and meat co-products, Tyson Foods, Inc. starts with top quality livestock. Tyson Foods, Inc. has a reputation for buying only the finest hogs available. And, because Tyson Foods, Inc. buys hogs in large volume on a daily basis, producers have come to expect consistent demand for their livestock. More than 265 million worth of area hogs were purchased in 2005.

Tyson Foods, Inc.’s focus on quality continues once the livestock reach its plants. Quality control checks are made continually throughout each phase of the operation ensuring that Tyson meets or exceeds all federal inspection requirements. Stringent sanitation requirements, quality checks and constant temperature control are all part of Tyson’s efforts to ensure its customers receive wholesome meat products.
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