Smithfield Foods begins operation of 500,000-sq-ft distribution centre in North Carolina

Food giant begins to ship from major new facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina

Credit: Smithfield Foods

Smithfield’s new distribution centre has nearly 50,000 pallet positions and an annual capacity of more than one billion pounds of goods. It also has blast cell cold storage capabilities

The more than 500-sq-ft facility, which has cost over $100 million will create about 250 new jobs.

It is located adjacent to one of the company’s meat processing facilities, which is the largest pork plant in the world.

 “We are experiencing an exciting time of growth and this new distribution centre will help us continue to optimize our footprint,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “More than 10,000 Smithfield Family members already call North Carolina home, and we’re proud that our investment in this project will create even more jobs. We look forward to welcoming new employees into our family.”

 “This new distribution centre exemplifies Smithfield’s unwavering commitment to continuously improving its operations,” said Dennis Organ, senior vice president of supply chain for Smithfield Foods. “While providing best-in-class customer service, we’re reducing the distance our products travel, which shrinks our carbon footprint and positions us to achieve our long-term sustainability goals.”

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer.

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