By Charlotte Smith
Smithfield Foods announced plans to construct a new distribution center and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel back in August of 2017. The company announced yesterday the Distribution Center in Clayton will be moved to the pork processing plant in Bladen County.
The new distribution operation center in Tar Heel will better meet customers needs, according to a statement released by Smithfield. Smithfield has invested about $100 million in its latest projects according to past BladenOnline.com articles.
The Clayton facility houses 102 employees. The new operation in Tar Heel is projected to provide 250 jobs in addition to the previously announced 30 job expansion, Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess announced last year.
Smithfield has promised to be committed to supporting the Clayton distribution center’s employees during the transition between the two facilities dated to begin on October 7, 2018.