Meat company Tyson to build plant, bring over 1K jobs to Eagle Mountain

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Tyson Fresh Meats announced Thursday that the company will build a food production plant in Eagle Mountain, bringing 1,200 jobs to a city that is already expanding rapidly.

The company plans to invest $300 million into building the facility, which will be located in the Pole Canyon development at the southwest end of the city, according to a news release from Eagle Mountain. The facility will initially provide 800 jobs and is expected to provide up to 1,200 within three years after its 2021 scheduled opening.

The facility will cut and package meats that are brought in from other areas and will be Tyson’s fourth such facility in the United States. Starting wages for hourly employees with Tyson range from $14.40 to $16.50 an hour, the city’s news release claims. The annual local payroll is projected at $44 million.

“We welcome Tyson Fresh Meats to Eagle Mountain,” Eagle Mountain Mayor Tom Westmoreland said in the news release. “This facility will provide jobs for our community, allowing people to work closer to home. It will also bring needed infrastructure, especially roads that will provide better east/west connection to the Cedar Valley. Tyson Foods is the second Fortune 100 company to invest in our city and we look forward to a great community partnership.”

Eagle Mountain is one of Utah County’s fastest-growing cities and last year became the future home of a massive Facebook data center — a projected $750 million investment in the city. Eagle Mountain granted Facebook an estimated $150 million in tax breaks for the project’s first phase, with taxes waived for up to 20 years per phase.

According to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Tyson is adding about $27 million in new state tax revenue over the next 10 years and will have a more than $1 billion economic impact in that same time frame. The company may also earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over a 10-year period.

Tyson’s move to Eagle Mountain will undoubtedly bring even more expansive growth to the city, and the Alpine School District Board of Education is set to discuss a potential $11.5 million in tax cuts for the company, according to a project plan from the Eagle Mountain Redevelopment Agency. In exchange, the company would gift the district 10 acres for the site of a new elementary school that could accommodate the influx of people coming into the community as a result of the new plant.

“We’re grateful for the invitation to come to Eagle Mountain and Utah County,” Nate Hodne, senior vice president and general manager of case ready meats, said in the news release. “We’ve built some great relationships during the initial phases of this process, and we appreciate the strong support we’ve received from local leadership. Our team is excited to find upcoming opportunities to meet the people of Eagle Mountain and become a part of this vibrant community.”

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