Tyson plant to reopen the first week of December
Reconstruction of Tyson’s Holcomb, Kansas facility has entered the final stages and the company expects to resume operations the first week of December. The facility was shut down following a fire on August 9, 2019, and cattle have been diverted to other facilities to help mitigate disruption to cattle producers and consumers. Group president Steve Stouffer says there will be testing and adjustments once they reopen but he does expect the plant to be fully operational by the first week of January.
The fire severely damaged a critical part of the plant which contained the hydraulic and electrical systems that supported the harvest floor and cooler areas. Reconstruction included completely replacing support beams and the roof, hydraulic piping and pumps, new wiring, and all new electrical panel rooms and equipment.
The Holcomb, Kansas facility will begin receiving cattle the first week of December.