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Following Smith’s Demands, Tyson Foods Changes its Tune and Will Allow New Company to Purchase its Dexter Facility

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Washington, December 29, 2023 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Jason Smith (Mo.) announced that a new company, Cal-Maine Foods, is set to establish an egg processing facility at the site of the Tyson Foods plant in Dexter, Mo. After community leaders came forward to share their concerns that Tyson Foods wouldn’t sell the plant, Smith called the Tyson Foods CEO to demand they change their tune and allow a new employer to buy its facility.

“I’m glad that new jobs and opportunities are coming to Dexter,” said Smith. “For months, I’ve worked closely with state and local officials to ensure they have the support they need to bring a new employer to Dexter. I appreciate their efforts to find a solution that helps alleviate the impact the closure of the Tyson Foods facility will have on workers, contract producers, and families in the community. I’ll continue supporting our local leaders and elected officials as they work tirelessly to make this transition go as smoothly and quickly as possible. I’m glad this new employer recognizes the value of the local workforce and the fact that Dexter is a great place to live, work, and start or grow a business. While this announcement is welcome news, the fight to bring more companies and more opportunity is far from over. I will continue supporting our officials who are working around the clock to make this happen. As the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I’ll keep exploring ways to encourage companies to create jobs and support economic growth here at home.”
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