Patrick Cudahy breaks ground on larger facility

Freeman Staff

April 2, 2015

CUDAHY — The Patrick Cudahy plant will be able to produce 10 million more pounds of bacon once its expanded facility is complete at One Sweet Apple-Wood Lane.

Parent company, Smithfield Foods, Inc. broke ground on a $12 million bacon slicing plant Thursday, which is anticipated to be fully operational by December. The new 17,000-square-foot plant will include four slicing lines that will increase Smithfield Foods’ bacon capacity by approximately 10 million pounds, according to the announcement.

“We are very excited about our new facility because it will enhance our competitiveness and help to secure the future of our bacon business and the jobs associated with it,” said Daniel Kapella, president of Patrick Cudahy, Smithfield Foods Packaged Meats Division, in a statement.

No jobs will be created immediately by the expansion, according to the announcement.

“Smithfield Foods’ new plant in Cudahy represents not only a significant investment in our community, but also emphasizes the company’s ongoing commitment to our economic development,” said Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt.