Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was a few minutes late for Wednesday’s rain-soaked groundbreaking at Bowling Green’s Kentucky Transpark, but the timing of his remarks couldn’t have been better. “Now Kentucky is going to be known for bourbon AND bacon,” Beshear said as he opened up a ceremony for a Tyson Foods factory that will produce both the Jimmy Dean and Wright brands of bacon. And plenty of both.
The 400,000-square-foot plant’s 450 employees will take pork bellies and process them into about 100 million pounds of bacon per year, according to Tyson Senior Vice President for Prepared Foods Gregg Uecker.
The local plant, being built by Wisconsin-based Miron Construction with help from local subcontractors, will add to Tyson’s presence in Kentucky.