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Triumph, Daily's Proceed with Growth Plans
St. Joseph, Mo. — July 9, 2017
Triumph Foods and Daily’s Premium Meats are both in the midst of their own expansion projects designed to meet the growing needs of the food service industry.
Triumph, with its pork processing plant located on the Stockyards Expressway, is working this month to complete a $1.5 million investment that will enlarge its ham boning production line. The company said the project involves the installation of new machinery and equipment for the line. A total of 72 new jobs, each with average annual wages of $35,000, will occur with the expansion.
“Triumph Foods is continuously looking to improve its efficiencies and create value,” the company said. The addition will assist its role as a key supplier of raw materials to food service providers. All work is destined to finish by the end of the month, it added, with approximately eight weeks of a startup that will eventually fold into full production.
The additional staff is slated to increase the facility’s capacity by almost 25 percent. The growth will also create a spike in pork bellies produced by Triumph that will be used by the Daily’s Premium Meats — located just across the expressway — for bacon production.
Officials said the expansion is further justified by Triumph’s faith in its employees and in St. Joseph’s future. Positive ties created in the community, including with the city of St. Joseph and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, also have helped support the plan.
“Drawing upon these relationships and our state-of-the-art infrastructure was an obvious choice, and we are committed to continue to seek future enhancements that draw upon our capabilities and the ever-changing pork industry,” Triumph said.
The company has completed a series of multimillion-dollar production expansions since opening in 2006, helping it become a major exporter of pork. The chamber currently ranks it just behind first-place Mosaic Life Care in terms of work-force size in St. Joseph, with nearly 2,800 employees.
Word of Triumph’s plans was followed closely by an announcement from Daily’s on its own development plans. The plant opened in 2016.
“Our strategic plan to further penetrate food service markets in the Midwest and open new markets in the northeast and southeast is ahead of schedule,” said Daily’s president Kelly Hattan. “The plant continues to steadily increase production, allowing us to stay on track to achieve production and sales goals.”
Hattan said Daily’s successful growth initiative is taking root in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“We are already assessing the need to enhance our bacon slicing capacity into the plant and will start staffing a second slicing production line for the plant’s second shift,” Hattan said.
Daily’s currently has 165 employees, he added, with projections for that number to increase starting in the summer and lasting through the fall.
“We’re also in the early stages of adding a retail sales management structure, which we expect to increase retail bacon sales and plant production as we move into the fall and 2018,” Hattan said.
He said the focus will allow Daily’s to promote a strategy designed to help place Daily’s bacon in numerous grocery stores across the nation.
Triumph Foods Donates 33,000 Pounds of Meat to Local Food Bank
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Triumph Foods Donates 33,000 Pounds of Meat to Second Harvest.
St. Joseph, Mo. — June 28, 2017 — Today food insecurity became a little more secure.
Triumph Foods, L.L.C. of St. Joseph donated 33,000 pounds of premium pork products to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Missouri this week. This donation of lean high quality pork spare ribs, back ribs, hams, loins, tenderloins, pork steaks, and other cuts of meat is enough food to help provide over 100,000 meals across the 19 counties Second Harvest serves in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. This area currently has more than 51,000 individuals who aren’t sure where they will get their next meal.
“It is great to have such wonderful community partners like Triumph Foods,” said Chad Higdon, Executive Director at Second Harvest. “In this day and age where most businesses focus on a bottom line, it is great to see a corporation dedicated to supporting their community. If it weren’t for the tremendous support we receive from companies like Triumph, Second Harvest would not be able to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”
“Triumph Foods stands by our commitment to Second Harvest will continue work to see that relationship thrive and grow throughout the future. We will continue to fight against food insecurity and hunger in the St. Joseph and the entire service area of Second Harvest. A strong commitment to our communities is a fundamental part of the foundation of our company.” said Chris Clark, Communications Manager at Triumph.
The vision of Second Harvest Community Food Bank is a hunger-free Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. To find out more about Second Harvest visit, www.OurCommunityFoodBank.org or call at 816.364.FOOD.
Triumph Foods Announces $1.5Million Expansion & 72 New Positions
St. JOSEPH, Mo. – According to a statement from Triumph Foods, a $1.5 million expansion project at the pork processing plant has been completed and the production lines are slowly being introduced to production.
Previous expansions at the plant, which opened about 11 years ago, have included adding refrigeration and storage space as well as converting the slaughtering area to a controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) system.
The latest expansion is expected to increase production and will add 72 full-time jobs at the plant with an average annual wage of $35,000 in addition to benefits. The company currently employs approximately 2,800 workers.
“St. Joseph is currently in a boom of economic development within the manufacturing sector and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” the company statement said.
City Impresses New Ag Secretary
St. Joseph, MO – May 15, 2017
New U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has quietly visited St. Joseph.
Perdue arrived May 5, as part of a low-key, nonpublic stopover in the South End. He was accompanied by a small group of local officials for a meeting and tour at Triumph Foods, according to R. Patt Lilly, president and chief executive officer for the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce.
Lilly said he was contacted by Perdue’s staff for assistance by the chamber in preparing the visit. The small size of the accompanying group was at the secretary’s request and included members of Triumph’s management team, he added.
Those dignitaries left with favorable reviews of Perdue’s thoughts on the St. Joseph economy. Lilly called the visit important and said it could help set the stage for future opportunities to work with the federal government.
“I was impressed with his experience and understanding of rural issues and agriculture,” Lilly said. “This is a secretary that will hit the ground running to address the needs of agriculture and the rural areas of the country that depend on agricultural-related businesses.” The group discussed trade issues, with Perdue expressing his support for maintaining a strong export environment. “Much of the reason St. Joseph is the No. 3-ranked exporter in the state is because of the ag-related businesses in our community,” Lilly said.
The secretary also learned about the growth of the local animal health and food production sectors that also comprise much of the local economy. Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts also participated in the visit with the former Georgia governor and was pleased with the outcome. “I was very impressed with his grasp of agriculture,” he said of Perdue, noting the secretary’s prior experience in the industry while growing up in the state. “He’s very well versed.”
Roberts said the tour featured Triumph’s operations and those at the nearby Daily’s Premium Meats bacon-processing plant. “He’s very optimistic of the agricultural industry as a whole,” he added. “He did say he’s been itching to get to work.”
Another result of the excursion was a recommendation for easing regulations on farming, which Roberts said impacts producers. Perdue became new agriculture secretary in late April, following confirmation by the Senate. His choice to first visit the Midwest upon ascending to the office included an April 28 stop in Kansas City.
Car Brightens Season for Military Family
A lucky veteran walked away with the keys to a new vehicle Friday afternoon with the help of local businesses. Collision Repair Specialists held its Next Big Thing 5: A food drive, a diaper drive and car giveaway.
“I can breathe a little freely now because I don’t have to worry about trying to get the kids to doctors appointments and making it to work on time,” said Nicholas Cline, the winner of the GMC Yukon. From 2008 to 2013, he was a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps, working as an aviation mechanic in addition to other roles. He has one child, another on the way and three stepchildren.
Triumph Foods donated the sport utility vehicle equipped with a DVD player and seating space for up to eight people. “Triumph has had a few fleet vehicles and it was decided that we were done with them,” said Chris Clark, communications manager for Triumph Foods. “We wanted to make sure it went to a good cause instead of outright selling them.”
Jeremy Eaton, the director of marketing and public relations at Collision Repair Specialists, said once they received the SUV they refurbished it by checking the mechanics and cleaning the interior and exterior.
The application process started last month and 12 veterans wrote a 1,000-word essay detailing why they deserve the car. “There is no one that is undeserving,” Eaton said. “If we could give a car to everybody, we would.” Community leaders, retired veterans and Collision Repair Specialists employees selected the winner. “They look at how large their family is versus the size of the vehicle and they also look a their current situation,” Eaton said. Cline said, “nothing like this ever happens” to him and he plans to pay it forward to someone else when he gets the chance.
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Triumph Foods Helps for the Holidays
Triumph Foods Donates 21,000 Pounds of Meat to Second Harvest.
St. Joseph, Mo.—November 29, 2016 — It has been a busy year for Triumph Foods and the Second Harvest Community Food Bank network. In June, Triumph donated 20,000 pounds of premium, fresh pork to the Northwest Missouri based food bank. In September, the company donated 36,000 pounds of meat to Second Harvest of Southern Louisiana to aid in the flood relief efforts to the devastated Baton Rouge area for distribution to the effected residents. And last week, Triumph Foods was at it again with another donation of 21,000lbs of ribs, loins, pork steaks and other pork cuts to Second Harvest Community Food Bank of St. Joseph.
This donation of lean high quality pork ribs, loins, pork steaks, and other cuts of meat is enough food to help provide over 16,600 meals across the 19 counties Second Harvest serves in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. This area currently has more than 54,000 individuals who aren’t sure where they will get their next meal.
“As the only food bank servicing 19 counties in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, we are constantly working to identify how to provide more protein to families in need throughout the region,” said Chad Higdon, Executive Director at Second Harvest. “Our partnership with Triumph Foods helps with our fight against hunger, and when we receive a generous contribution of high quality protein we can provide assistance to the many struggling families in the region.”
“Triumph is proud to have continued and strengthened our partnership with the Second Harvest network again this year. A strong commitment to our communities is a fundamental part of the foundation of our company” said Chris Clark, Communications Manager at Triumph. “With the holiday season upon us, we will continue to stand by that commitment to the fight against food insecurity and hunger alongside Second Harvest.”
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Triumph Foods Donates to Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts
PRESS RELEASE | St. Joseph, Mo.—September 19, 2016 — Last June, Triumph Foods donated 20,000 pounds of meat to Second Harvest Community Food Bank of St. Joseph, Missouri for distribution through its local network of 100 Partner Agencies. Today, Triumph Foods is once again providing a sizeable donation, this time to those affected by the recent flooding in Southern Louisiana.
Triumph’s donation of approximately 35,000 pounds of meat provides lean, high quality pork ribs, loins, hams, tenderloins, and other cuts of meat and is enough to help provide nearly 100,000 meals across the flood affected area of Southern Louisiana.
“Although we’ve distributed more than 600,000 pounds of disaster supplies, much more is needed,” according to Second Harvest Food Sourcing Specialist, Megan Nuismer. “This donation from Triumph Foods really helps us stretch our response capacity.”
“Triumph is proud to lend a helping hand to the flood relief efforts of Southern Louisiana. Many in St. Joseph, Missouri remember the hardships faced in our area during the Great Flood of 1993, and understand that we could not have recovered and rebuilt without the help of those inside and outside the area. It is our turn to assist those in need while Louisiana focuses on cleaning up and rebuilding its affected communities.” said Chris Clark, Communications Manager at Triumph. “Triumph Foods will continue to stand by our commitment to the fight against food insecurity and hunger in our own area, alongside Second Harvest of St. Joseph, and we are happy to support the Southern Louisiana charter of Second Harvest network at this time.”
Triumph Foods makes large donation
PRESS RELEASE | Last November, Triumph Foods donated 20,000 pounds of meat to Second Harvest Community Food Bank for distribution through its network of 100 Partner Agencies, and now they are at it again.
This donation of lean, high quality pork ribs, loins, hams, tenderloins, and other cuts of meat is enough food to help provide over 16,600 meals across the 19 counties Second Harvest serves in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. This area currently has more than 54,000 individuals who aren’t sure where they will get their next meal.
“As the only food bank servicing 19 counties in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, we are constantly working to identify how to provide more protein to families in need throughout the region,” said Chad Higdon, Executive Director at Second Harvest. “Triumph Foods is a tremendous partner in the fight against hunger, and we are honored to receive such a large quantity of high quality protein to help provide food to many struggling families in the region.”
“Triumph is proud to continue our partnership with Second Harvest and is very happy to help those in need in St. Joseph and Buchanan County as well as the many within the Second Harvest network.” said Chris Clark, Communications Manager at Triumph. “We will continue to stand by our commitment to the fight against food insecurity and hunger alongside Second Harvest. ”
The vision of Second Harvest Community Food Bank is to build hunger-free communities in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. To find out more about Second Harvest visit, www.OurCommunityFoodBank.org or call at 816.364.FOOD.
The vision of Second Harvest Community Food Bank is to build hunger-free communities in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas by nourishing our neighbors. Second Harvest provides food assistance through Partner Agencies and direct service programs. Second Harvest’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
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Triumph Makes Donation to Second Harvest
Triumph Foods has donated more than 20,000 pounds of meat to the Second Harvest Community Food Bank to be given out to families in need.
Second Harvest estimates that the donation is enough to help provide more than 16,000 meals across their service area. They say that donations, like the one they received from Triumph, is key to helping provide meats to the families they serve.
“The biggest sources of meat that we have, are from the local manufactures and the local plants that are providing us with this type of product,” Second Harvest director Chad Higdon said. “We don’t really have access to other than just going out and purchasing it through donations that are being raised.”
Just last November, Triumph donated another 20,000 pounds of pork products to Second Harvest which serves 19 counties throughout the northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas area
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Triumph Foods Partnership with Second Harvest Community Food Bank Continues to Grow
St. Joseph, Mo.—December 2, 2015—
It was just six months ago that Triumph Foods donated nearly 17,000 pounds of meat to Second Harvest Community Food Bank for distribution through its network of 100 Partner Agencies and now they are at it again, but this time the donation exceeds 20,000 pounds.
The donation of lean high quality pork ribs, loins, hams and other cuts of meat is enough food to help provide over 16,600 meals across the 19 counties Second Harvest serves in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. This area currently has more than 54,000 individuals who aren’t sure where they will get their next meal.
“Second Harvest is extremely pleased to accept the donation from Triumph Foods. When a local producer donates such a large quantity it is a great benefit to our partner agencies and the communities they serve,” said Chad Higdon, Executive Director at Second Harvest. “Because of their generosity many families within our service territory will have access to high quality protein during this time of the year. We look forward to our continued relationship with Triumph Foods.”
“The company is very happy to help the many in need in St. Joseph and Buchanan County.” said Chris Clark, Communications Manager at Triumph. “We are a proud partner of Second Harvest Community Food bank and look forward to continuing the fight against hunger with them in the future.”
The vision of Second Harvest Community Food Bank is to build hunger-free communities in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. To find out more about Second Harvest visit, www.OurCommunityFoodBank.org or call at 816.364.FOOD.
Triumph Donates 17,000 Pounds of Meat to Second Harvest Community Food Bank
St. Joseph, Mo. (June 2, 2015) – Triumph Foods has donated nearly 17,000 pounds of meat to Second Harvest Community Food for distribution through its network of 100 Partner Agencies.
This donation comes at the perfect time for Second Harvest, as meat is often times a very difficult donation to source and is one item that is always in demand.
“Protein is expensive and hard to find. When a local producer donates such a great quantity it is a tremendous asset to our partner agencies,” said Matt Graves, Director of Logistics at Second Harvest. “We are very thankful for the donation from Triumph Foods, and this opportunity will help us ensure families we serve will have access to the protein they need.”
Triumph Foods is excited for the opportunity to help nourish the local community through this donation, as echoed by Nancy Fox, vice president of human resources and communications at Triumph Foods, LLC.
“The company is pleased to make this donation to Second Harvest, a local, highly visible organization with the opportunity to benefit a significant number of St. Joseph citizens,” Fox said.
This donation is enough food to help provide over 14,150 meals across Second Harvest’s 19 county service area.
Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods announce plans to build new pork processing plant
Sioux City, Iowa (May 14, 2015) — Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods announced today the formation of a joint venture, with equal ownership, to construct a new pork processing facility in Sioux City, Iowa, with site work expected to begin this summer and construction completed by July 2017.
The plant is expected to process about 3 million market hogs annually operating a single shift and employ approximately 1,100 persons, including approximately 200 salaried positions and 900 hourly production positions. The plant will be built on property in the Bridgeport West Industrial Park in Sioux City, located north of the Sioux Gateway Airport along the Missouri River.
A full line of fresh pork products for international, retail, food service, and further processing markets will be produced. Seaboard Foods will market and sell the pork produced by the plant. Currently, Seaboard Foods markets and sells fresh pork processed by Triumph Foods’ St. Joseph, Mo., and Seaboard Foods, Guymon, Okla., plants to domestic markets under the PrairieFresh® Premium Pork brand and international markets under the Seaboard Farms® and St. Joe Pork® brands.
“Today’s announcement marks another step in strengthening our business partnership and position as a leading integrated food system providing customers domestically and throughout the world with premium pork focused on the highest standards for food safety and pork quality consistency,” says Terry Holton, Seaboard Foods president and CEO. “We look forward to the new opportunities the plant will bring to our customers as well as the Sioux City region.”
Mark Campbell, Triumph Foods CEO, adds, “When we started inquiring about expanding our business, we recognized the strong commitment and willingness to welcome Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods to the City. Local leaders have built a business environment poised to bring growth to the region. We look forward to the new pork processing facility being part of that growth, and its staff being actively involved in the Sioux City community.”
Triumph Foods is owned exclusively by pork producers and Seaboard Foods is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seaboard Corporation (NYSE MKT: “SEB”). Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods are integrated food companies, with farm operations and pork processing, controlling the entire process every step of the way from before the farm to the plate. Together, Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods have aligned their farm operations and pork processing, including genetics, pig nutrition, animal care, food safety and product quality, to ensure consistent, wholesome premium pork products to its customers. If the two companies were considered as a single combined entity, they would comprise the second largest hog producer, a top 5 U.S. pork processor, and a leading exporter of U.S. pork.
In addition to the new plant, Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods own Daily’s® Premium Meats that has bacon processing plants in Salt Lake City, Utah and Missoula, Montana, and a third plant under construction in St. Joseph, Missouri. Daily’s markets and sells a variety of processed pork items from signature honey cured bacon to applewood smoked bacon to naturally smoked hams to breakfast sausages. The new pork processing plant will supply raw materials for Daily’s operations in addition to the Guymon and St. Joseph plants.
Sioux City was selected because of the existence of a shovel-ready industrial site location, transportation infrastructure, availability of market hogs in the region, and the pro-business environment city leaders, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the State of Iowa demonstrated throughout the site selection process.
Both Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods share a strong commitment to stewardship and community involvement. Focused on being good neighbors, the pork processing facility will include a modern architecture design, customized landscaping for beautification and buffering from neighbors, and modern odor abatement technologies, as well as other environmentally friendly design features. Also, Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods have made a commitment for the plant to support local civic and charitable organizations and community events.
Daily’s Premium Meats announces plans to build new plant in St. Joseph, Mo.
St. Joseph, Mo. (March 31, 2015) — Daily’ Premium Meats announced today plans to construct a new pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Mo., with site work expected to begin this summer and operations starting May 2016.
The $41.5 million plant will focus on producing sliced-to-order naturally hardwood smoked bacon and employ about 200 people. Daily’s, owned by Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods, will build the plant across the road from Triumph Foods’ St. Joseph, Mo., fresh pork processing plant.
“Since 1893, Daily’s has stood for the highest quality in premium meats, especially hardwood smoked bacon, and we’re proud to carry on that tradition with this new plant,” says Kelly Hattan, Daily’s Premium Meats president. “As part of an integrated food system, we look forward to the opportunities the new plant will offer our customers, as well as being part of the St. Joseph community.”
Daily’s was founded in 1893 by John R. Daily in Missoula, Mont. The company currently operates bacon processing plants in Missoula and Salt Lake City, and markets and sells a variety of processed pork items from signature honey cured bacon to applewood smoked bacon to naturally smoked hams to breakfast sausages.
Triumph Foods is owned by five member-owners who are pork producers. Seaboard Foods is an integrated food company, with farm operations and pork processing, controlling the entire process every step of the way from before the farm to the plate. Together, Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods have aligned their farm operations and pork processing, including genetics, pig nutrition, animal care, food safety and product quality, to ensure consistent, wholesome fresh pork. The Seaboard Foods Guymon, Okla., plant and the Triumph St. Joseph plant supply pork bellies for Daily’s premium bacon.
Seaboard Corporation Announced Today Triumph Foods Purchased a 50 Percent Ownership in Daily's Premium Meats
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kansas, September 26, 2014 – Seaboard Corporation (NYSE MKT: “SEB”) announced today Triumph Foods has purchased a 50 percent ownership in Daily’s Premium Meats, the processed meats division of Seaboard Foods, which produces and markets raw and precooked bacon, ham and sausage. Daily’s Premium Meats will be owned 50/50 by Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods as of September 27, 2014. As a result of the transaction, Seaboard received cash proceeds of $72.5 million and recognized a pre-tax gain of $55.0 million, subject to final working capital adjustments.
In conjunction with the transaction, Kelly J. Hattan was appointed president of Daily’s Premium Meats.
Hattan said, “This partnership will enable Daily’s to further solidify a supply of high-quality raw materials while providing additional capital to expand production and the geographical footprint where Daily’s sells its products. I’m excited about the significant opportunities for growth as a result of this enhanced partnership.”
Daily’s Premium Meats offers a variety of processed pork items from signature honey cured bacon to applewood smoked bacon to naturally smoked hams to breakfast sausages. Operating since 1893, Daily’s has further processing plants located in Salt Lake City, Utah and Missoula, Montana.
In addition to the Daily’s partnership, Seaboard Foods, pursuant to an agreement, markets and sells fresh products produced by Triumph’s Saint Joseph, Missouri, pork processing, as well as products produced by Seaboard Foods’ Guymon, Oklahoma, pork processing plant. The plants are part of an integrated food system that’s known for unsurpassed quality and for being a top exporter of U.S. pork to more than 30 countries. Internationally, fresh pork products are marketed under the Seaboard Farms® and St. Joe Pork® brands. Domestically, fresh pork products bear the PrairieFresh® Premium Pork brand. Processed meats, such as bacon, hams and breakfast sausage, will continue to be marketed under the Daily’s® Premium Meats brand.
Triumph Foods Donates 2,000 Pounds of Meat to Second Harvest
July 28, 2014
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Triumph Foods Expands Again
Triumph Donates To YMCA Efforts
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May 9, 2013
Triumph Foods has donated $200,000 for the St. Joseph Family YMCA “Building Dreams – Growing Lives” capital campaign.
The gift will be directed toward the new YMCA Family Program Center on the east side of St. Joseph.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to add Triumph Foods to our growing list of contributors and for being a strong and committed member of our community,” said Mark Cartledge, executive director/CEO of the Y.
Rick Hoffman, Triumph Foods chief executive officer, said the pork producer was proud to support the new YMCA facility on the northeast side of St. Joseph.
The YMCA “Building Dreams – Growing Lives” campaign supports the Downtown Y, as well as the construction of a New Y Family Program Center.
Blunt Plan Keeps Food Inspectors On The Job
St. Joseph News-Press
April 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt made the rounds in St. Joseph on Friday, touting a recent $55 million amendment that will keep federal food inspectors on the job, which affects the 2,800 workers at Triumph Foods, his first stop.
The U.S. Senate last week approved the amendment that was introduced by Mr. Blunt, the leading Republican on a subcommittee for agriculture appropriations, and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, the leading Democrat on the subcommittee. The amendment helps fill a $55 million gap in the Department of Agriculture’s budget, caused by the sequestration.
The amendment keeps the egg, beef and pork inspectors on the job through the end of September.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said due the amendment’s passing, the department would not follow through with plans to begin furloughing inspectors beginning in July, which would have impacted workers at Triumph.
Mr. Blunt said federal inspectors involved in meat, eggs and pork processing plants must be on the job at all times, or the plant cannot legally operate.
“If these inspectors hadn’t shown up 15 days between now and September,” he said while meeting with Triumph administrators at the plant Friday, “the 2,800 people who work here couldn’t have worked those 15 days. A total of 40,000 people in Missouri are involved in those kinds of jobs.”
Mr. Blunt said he was “particularly offended” that the people who work hard in these plants would have had their hours cut due to the issues originating in the federal government.
“The failure of the Congress, particularly the Senate, to do its work for the last four or five years has finally caught up with the process,” he said.
While Mr. Blunt acknowledges the issues that arise with the sequestration, he still believes there should be a cap on spending.
“Now we need to get busy, finding out what we do moving forward if the federal government continues to have a cap on spending, as I believe it should and will,” he said.
Other planned stops in St. Joseph for the senator Friday included the St. Joseph Metro Chamber offices and a Northwest Missouri Republican Club meeting at Bandana’s.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Statement to the Press From Rick Hoffman, Triumph Foods Chief Executive Officer
March 29, 2013
“With help from Senator Blunt, meat, poultry and egg production facilities nationwide can remain open. Here in St. Joseph, Triumph’s ability to operate depends on having essential government inspectors present during production. We appreciate Senator Blunt’s leadership in supporting nearly 2,800 Triumph Foods jobs, thousands of farmers that supply livestock to the pork industry, and ensuring the continuation of public confidence in U.S. food supply to millions of customers domestically and internationally.”
Triumph Foods is a leading processor of premium pork products worldwide. The producer owned company, began operations in St. Joseph, Missouri in January 2006. With its state-of-the-art facility, Triumph employs over 2,800 workers and produces over 1.4 billion pounds of pork annually.
Triumph Foods to Expand, Add Jobs in St. Joseph
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R. Patt Lilly, CAO
St. Joseph, MO (October 4, 2012)… Triumph Foods announced today that the company will soon begin construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion at their existing facility in St. Joseph, MO. The estimated $9.5 million investment will add additional refrigerated space to meet the growing demand for export product. In addition to the local investment the expansion will allow the company to create 30 new jobs.
“The expansion will allow us to meet growing customer demands for quality pork product”, said Patt Lilly, Chief Administrative Officer for Triumph Foods Lilly went on to say, “construction will begin within the next 30 days and will last through 2013. I would anticipate that local sub-contractors will be involved in the construction”.
Triumph Foods is St. Joseph based, producer owned pork processor that began operation of its state of the art facility in January of 2006. Today the company employs approximately 2,800.
Decade Owes Debt to Triumph
Any celebration of St. Joseph’s population growth — 3.77 percent for the decade ending in 2010 — should attempt to account for why that happened.
And that search cannot help but lead to the arrival of Triumph Foods.
The closings of the Quaker Oats and MeadWestvaco plants dominated the local news headlines in 2000 and 2004. Triumph’s arrival on the scene a couple of years later provided a psychological lift and a big long-term impact on the economy and the community.
The producer-owned enterprise was determined to prove it could run a responsible business that would be of benefit to the city and region. That vision reached fulfillment in January 2006, with the opening of the world’s newest and one of the most technologically advanced pork processing facilities.
At startup, more than 500 headquarters staff and production workers were on board. Within 18 months, the targeted employment was more than 1,000 workers. And today? The most recent accounting pegs the work force at approximately 2,800 workers.
Coincidentally, the net population growth for the city during the past decade was nearly identical, at 2,790 persons, giving us a 2010 total of 76,780.
The plant’s employment mix has changed over the years. At one time, Hispanics made up more than half of the workers. As of earlier this year, officials said the numbers looked more like this: 29 percent Asian, 28 percent white, 26 percent Hispanic and 17 percent black.
These descriptors don’t do justice to the rich diversity of the Triumph workers who call St. Joseph home — a staff that includes natives of the Asian nation of Myanmar (formerly Burma), the African nation of Sudan, Latin America’s Cuba and many more.
In 2010, the company estimated its economic impact on the St. Joseph area at more than $135 million annually. Payroll dollars, purchases from local vendors, payments of taxes and fees — all of these contribute to economic growth, which helps fuel such developments as the Shoppes at North Village, which in turn help attract new residents who desire such amenities.
Our leaders are right to celebrate growth over the past decade. But they also must be constantly vigilant — in search of the next major investment that can propel the community forward even in difficult times.