“We really are on a continuous improvement journey. We all push each other to achieve excellence.” – Brent Bliss, Plant Manager, The Hillshire Brands Company, St. Joseph, Mo.
Food Processing in St. Joseph: Forward-Thinking Growth with Legendary Expertise
Several dynamic food processing companies are among St. Joseph’s exciting list of major employers and organizations with headquarters located in the city.
Why do several major food processors want to call St. Joseph home?
Location: With low-cost utilities, a skilled workforce and a central location close to major transportation outlets, this business cluster continues to see tremendous growth.
A Long History of Food Processing Expertise: St. Joseph has a history of experience and success in food processing, stemming back to the late 1800s when the city’s riverfront location and access to westward expansion routes made its stockyards area one of the largest cattle processing sites in the nation. Several top names in food brands, such as Aunt Jemima, have their historical beginnings in St. Joseph. This spirit of quality and entrepreneurship lend to the top-performance in food processing that is still a strong presence today and draws food manufacturing leaders.
Outstanding Support Facilities, including Nor-Am Cold Storage Warehouse with Rail Loading: St. Joseph offers a unique advantage for food processors with its 377,000 square foot cold storage warehouse, Nor-Am.
Nor-Am Ice and Cold is a full service, refrigerated warehouse, blast freezer and packaged ice company that joined the Nor-Am family in October of 2009 with the purchase of Artesian Ice and Cold Storage. Comprised of four facilities, there is easy access to Interstate 29 and the Greater Kansas City Metro area to cover all transportation needs. Nor-Am’s facilities offer rail loading with BNSF and Union Pacific service.
- 377,471 Square Feet
- Blast Freeze Capacity: 475,000 pounds
- Individual Pallet Spots: 21,556
- Truck Docks: 40
- USDA Approved: ID-3738, ID-19444
- Dry Warehousing and Cartage Services
- Rail Service: BNSF and Union Pacific Sitings
- Custom Meat Repackaging Services
- Distribution Capabilities
In addition, St. Joseph has manufacturing facilities for Cryovac Sealed Air Corporation, Ring Container Technologies, Silgan Container and International Paper. All provide the food processing industry with products ranging from boxes to plastic packaging.
Infrastructure to Support Food Processing: The Southside Sewer District Pre-Treatment Facility: Renovated in recent years, this multi-million investment meets the needs for water pollution control and wastewater from nearby food processors, and other industry in the area, setting a foundation for future industrial growth in one of the city’s manufacturing areas.
Food Processing Corporations in St. Joseph, Mo.
Triumph Foods – St. Joseph was selected as the home one of the top 10 economic development projects in the nation in 2003, the Triumph Foods corporate headquarters and processing facility. Today, the food processing plant, together with the bioscience and manufacturing headquarters for Triumph Foods, employs more than 2,700 talented members of the St. Joseph area workforce and plays an active role in community enhancement projects.
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Tyson Foods, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry, as well as a leader in hunger and disaster relief. The St. Joseph meat manufacturing facility employs 600 people and produces Ball Park Franks and deli meats.
LifeLine Foods, located in St. Joseph, is a leading innovative company producing products for both domestic and international markets. The items produced originate from two primary business enterprises — corn-based food ingredients and ethanol. Lifeline’s business model offers the unique ability to extract maximum value from the corn kernel and capitalize on both the food and ethanol production. The 38-acre, 750,000 square foot manufacturing facility employs 131 people, meets AIB standards and is Kosher certified.
Ventura Foods LLC
Ventura provides quality food products for foodservice, food ingredient, retail and export. The company operates multiple manufacturing, packaging and distribution locations throughout the United States including both a refinery — in partnership with the local Ag Processing, Inc. (AGP) — and a plant in St. Joseph. The plant is a fully automated facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment used in shortening, oil and margarine manufacturing.
Ag Processing Inc. (AGP)
The AGP Refinery works together as a partner with Ventura as a major refiner of soybeans, and together, the two organizations enjoy a long working relationship with time-demonstrated success. The company started in 1983 when Land O’Lakes, Farmland Industries and the Boone Valley Cooperative Processing Association entered into a joint venture agreement to form one cooperative soybean processing company. Soybean processing is AGP’s primary business and is the fourth largest soybean processor in the U.S. It is the largest cooperative soybean processor in the world. In 1985, AGP began refining soybean oil by purchasing equipment for installation in an existing building at the St. Joseph plant.
Chase Candy Company
The Chase Candy Company has been making fine candies since 1876, including the world-famous Cherry Mash, the third-oldest candy bar in the country. Chase still uses time-tested recipes and the finest, freshest ingredients to make candy the old-fashioned way. Equipment has, of course, been upgraded, and the plant has the ability to make 72,000 Cherry Mash candy bars in a day.
Daily’s Premium Meats
Daily’s® Premium Meats, owned jointly by Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods, sells a variety of processed pork items from signature honey cured bacon to applewood smoked bacon to naturally smoked hams to breakfast sausages. The company produces ‘naturally’ wood-smoked bacon and uses only fresh trimmed pork bellies, supplied by Triumph and Seaboard Foods, to improve bacon quality and consistency. The plant plans to open in 2016 and eventually employ more than 200 people.