Daily’s Premium Meats, a meat processing company specializing in “sliced-to-order” naturally smoked bacon, announced it will build a new, 100,000 square-foot facility in St. Joseph, Mo.
Daily’s expects to hire 212 employees during the first five years of operation, with an average annual salary of $32,154, plus benefits. The initial capital investment is approximately $41.5 million.
The company expects to begin construction this summer and anticipates commencing production in May 2016. This will be Daily’s third U.S. facility, with the other two in Missoula, Mont., and Salt Lake City. The facility will be built on vacant lands across from Triumph Foods’ St. Joseph plant, 5501 Stockyards Expressway.
“We are thrilled that Daily’s chose St. Joseph to build its new plant,” said R. Patt Lilly, president and CEO of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce.
Daily’s had initially worked with the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) in search for an existing building in the Kansas City region. Greenfield sites in Gardner, Kan., and St. Joseph were evaluated for new construction.
“We selected St. Joseph as the site for our new plant for several reasons” said Kelly Hattan, Daily’s president. “Since Triumph Foods’ pork processing plant is here, we have easy access to the raw materials we need to run our operation. Also, St. Joseph has a talented workforce, which will be important to us as we begin hiring employees, and it also strengthens our position with our customers as part of a food system focused on
quality and product consistency.”
The company coming to St. Joseph is thanks in part to eight months of work on the Chamber’s behalf, and partnership and incentives provided by the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Finance Board, KCP&L, Missouri American Water and Missouri Gas Energy.
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 freshtrimmed pork bellies, supplied by Triumph and Seaboard Foods, to improve bacon quality and consistency.
Seaboard Foods is an integrated food company, with farm operations and pork processing, controlling the entire process every step of the way from before the farm to the plate. Together, Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods, owned by pork producers who are member-owners, have aligned their farm operations and pork processing, including genetics, pig nutrition, animal care, food safety and product quality, to ensure consistent,
wholesome premium pork products to its customers.
Daily’s was founded in 1893 in Missoula as a retail meat market. In the 1980s the company built its reputation as “the bacon specialists,” and opened a second plant in Salt Lake City in 1992. In 2005, Seaboard Foods acquired Daily’s, and Triumph Foods purchased a 50 percent interest in Daily’s Premium Meats in 2014.