August 27, 2013
Cargill is investing $48 million in a new automated order distribution system at its plant in Dodge City. Construction will begin during the fourth quarter of 2013, with the new system scheduled to be operational by spring 2015. The new order distribution system, capable of holding approximately 155,000 boxes of beef, will be housed in a new 62,000-square-foot building specifically constructed for that purpose. This will increase boxed beef capacity at Dodge City by 130,000 boxes.
The Dodge City plant supplies beef products to retail, food service and processed foods customers throughout the U.S., and internationally. The new system will allow Cargill to better support its customers and improve the plant’s ability to keep highly perishable fresh meat products flowing to hundreds of destinations.
“Cargill’s investment in its Dodge City plant is great news for our state,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “For more than three decades, this plant has had a significant positive impact on the Kansas economy, which will be strengthened with this investment.”
Cargill’s Dodge City beef processing facility opened for business in 1979, employs nearly 2,700 people and harvests 6,000 head of cattle daily. Annually, the plant’s local economic impact includes a payroll of more than $83 million, $8 million paid in taxes, $1.7 billion worth of goods and services purchased and approximately $120,000 reinvested in the community through donations from the Dodge City Cargill Cares Council and Cargill Inc.