September 2018: Look How Far We’ve Come!
Seaboard Triumph Foods is proud to call Siouxland home and it shows! It may only be September, but we’ve had so many highlights during the last 12 months we just had to share them.
Celebrating One Year of Production
It was one year ago, on September 5, 2017, that our now 942,000-square-foot, brand new production facility in Sioux City, Iowa started commercial operations. This alone is cause for a huge, joyous celebration! It was a two-year labor of love to complete construction of our state-of-the-art facility and local and regional contractors did much of the work.
Second-Shift Production Starts
Another monumental event has been our ramp-up to our new second shift, slated to start this October. This shift gives our employees more choices for a flexible work schedule. We’re currently still hiring for this shift; see more details here. Once we have full second-shift production, our pork processing plant will employ more than 2,000 employees – 2% of the area’s population! At full two-shift capacity, our facility will process 21,000 market hogs daily from regional hog producers. This says a lot about our huge commitment to Siouxland, its families and economy.
Pride of Sioux City
Not to brag, but we know our facility is pretty great and the Sioux City Economic Development Department thinks so too. We were presented with the “Pride of Sioux City: Business Beautification Award” on August 6, 2018 at the Sioux City Council meeting. The award recognizes Sioux City employers who show pride in the appearance of their business property. Our July 2018 patriotic landscape design helped seal the deal. It featured patriotic planters bursting with red, white and blue flowers, luscious front lawns and American flags flying proudly along our buildings.
Seaboard Triumph Foods Supports Siouxland
While we love our dedicated, enthusiastic workers and producing quality pork products, we understand we’re also stewards of this great community that makes it all possible. That’s why we’re dedicated to giving back in multiple ways. Each year Seaboard Triumph Foods contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to various local organizations.
In the same month we opened, we were able to ship a trailer load of PrairieFresh® Premium Pork (approx. 40,000 pounds) to Florida for those affected by Hurricane Irma. With the help of our partners, OBR (Operation BBQ Relief), we were able to serve more than 100,000 meals with this donation.
Last February we started the year with a donation to the United Way of Siouxland. We gave $50,000 to support 83 local programs that focus on health, education and financial stability for Siouxland families.
In August, we donated $400,000 to support college and career readiness programs offered at the Sioux City Career Academy. This academy is an initiative by the Sioux City Community School District to foster knowledge and hands-on experiences for students in this ever-changing economy. It provides 30 pathways to post-secondary education and careers for Sioux City’s high school students.
We are also a yearly sponsor for Siouxland Habitat for Humanity’s Bacon Fest, which kicks off later this month on Saturday, September 29. It’s for a great cause and features one of our favorite products, bacon! It’s a match made in heaven.
Let’s not forget, we love our local sports teams and this past year we not only sponsor the Sioux City Musketeers, Sioux City Bandits AND Sioux City Explorers but we also were the annual NAIA DII women’s basketball tournament co-sponsor held in Sioux City.
Esteemed Guest Visits
In addition to hosting a nation-wide organization’s animal welfare auditor training, we also had the privilege of hosting Dr. Temple Grandin twice this 2017-2018 year. Her visit was the ultimate way to end an already stellar year. Dr. Grandin is one of the world’s leading experts in the humane treatment of livestock. She’s a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and has been a livestock consultant for 30 years. Dr. Grandin received a tour of our $330 million facility and remarked that it was “first class.” That’s high praise indeed!
So far 2018 has been filled with so many great highlights we don’t know how 2019 will top it, but we know we’ll try! We’re always moving forward, always improving. Be a part of something great, join our team!