To meet growing foodservice and retail customer demand for high-quality bacon, JBS USA has announced a nearly $20 million expansion of its Plumrose USA prepared foods business in Ottumwa, Iowa. The expansion includes additional bacon processing and slicing capacities, bacon equipment upgrades and new state-of-the-art slicing equipment. The investment will result in 25 new job opportunities at the Ottumwa fresh pork and bacon facility.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to the Ottumwa community and reinforces our strategy to grow our business through key customer partnerships,” says Tom Lopez, president of Plumrose USA. “This significant investment will create more opportunities for local producers, strengthen our leading portfolio of high-quality, value-added pork products and support the growth aspirations of key customers.”
The facility upgrades to improve operational efficiencies and enhance product quality will be completed by September. The Ottumwa facility, built in 1976, produces more than 1 billion pounds of fresh pork and bacon products per year, and partners with more than 1,000 local family farmers and employs more than 2,000 team members.
JBS USA, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., is a leading producer of beef, pork and prepared foods in the United States, a leading producer of beef and value-added products in Canada and a leading producer of beef, pork, lamb and prepared foods in Australia. JBS USA processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh, further-processed and value-added pork and beef products for sale to customers in more than 100 countries on five continents.