Tyson Foods on Thursday announced plans to hire about 60 people to work in an expanded Mexican Original tortilla plant in Fayetteville.
In a news release, officials said the $7 million expansion project, which will allow for the production of a new item for a national foodservice customer, will be complete in time to begin hiring workers by mid-January.
“We’re excited about producing this new product in partnership with our customer,” said Richard Irvin, complex manager of Mexican Original, in the release. “We helped them develop a product that meets their needs and should help grow their business.”
A source tells us the plant has been testing flavored taco shells recently, but a call to Tyson’s media department Thursday afternoon yielded no details about the new item.
The plant expansion project includes renovation of approximately 120,000 square feet of space, installation of new machinery, and upgrades to restrooms and break room areas.
The Fayetteville Mexican Original plant, located at 2615 S. School Ave., currently employs about 500 people and is one of Tyson Foods’ three dedicated tortilla operations. The two other plants are located in Portland, Ind., and Sanford, N.C.
According to the release, Mexican Original is the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of tortillas, which are sold to foodservice and restaurant customers.