Construction of a 90,000-square-foot sausage plant in Sampson County that is expected to create 177 new jobs was announced Thursday.
The $44.8 million plant is the product of a 50-50 joint venture between Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, and Kansas City Sausage, which makes private-label sausage and is headquartered in Missouri. The joint venture is also called Kansas City Sausage.
The sausage plant will be built at the site of the former Martins Abbatoir & Wholesale Meats in northwest Sampson County. Demolition of the existing plant is expected to begin immediately; construction of the new plant is targeted for completion in June 2016.
The plant will have the capacity to produce 50 million pounds of pork sausage annually and will be a soup-to-nuts operation or, as the companies put it, will extend “from live animal harvest through finished product shipping.”
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The joint venture was created in 2013. For Smithfield Foods, the venture is a piece of its strategy to expand into breakfast and dinner sausages.