Tyson in 22nd year at industrial park

Tyson Foods’ Pine Bluff complex ships out 34 tractor-trailer loads of poultry products on a daily basis, with each step of the production process checked by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors, Daniel Hoggard Sr., human resource manager, told a civic club Thursday.

Opened 22 years ago this month, the complex at 5505 Jefferson Parkway, operates two production shifts with the balance of the day devoted to cleaning the operation area, Hoggard told the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club.

“It is a brand new plant every day,” he said.

Inspections extend beyond the USDA, Hoggard said, noting some of the plant’s products are consumed by Muslims and must meet “Halal” — Arabic for “lawful” or “permissible” – standards for processed foods.

The plant, which has 1,485 employees and has a $33 million annual payroll, is one of the Arkansas-based corporations and one of the largest Tyson production facilities with 450,000 square feet under its roof.

The company has a hatchery at Star City with 400,000 hens and 23,000 roosters, the company said, with contractors in the area raising broilers that are shipped to the plant daily.