Tyson Plant Getting Closer to Opening

11-30-05 - Back in January, Governor Rick Perry and Sherman City Leaders welcomed Tyson to town and the promise of more than 1,000 jobs. Now the opening is a little more than two months away, but there is still work to be done.

Over $100 million and ten months of work have transformed the old IBP plant into a facility almost as good as new. With the building almost complete, all that's left for Tyson is to fill it full of workers.

Right now, between 300 and 400 contractors are inside the 560,000 square foot facility. One that has seen several recent additions along the south side of the plant including some new office space.

The target date is February Sixth, and that's almost right on the time table set back when the announcement was made. Much of the management has already been hired and are training at a case plant in Tennessee.

The hiring process through is about to kick into high gear now that the plant is close to completion.

"They've set up facilities in the area and have a group of recruiters come in," Tyson Plant Manager Mike Gerlemen said. "We hope to have 400-500 people, 1000 by the end of the year."

Applications are not being taken right now, but once Tyson is ready, they say you will be able to tell. THey plan on getting the word out on billboards, television and radio.

Application centers will soon be set up in Grayson County as well as Bonham and Gainesville.