Tyson Begins Taking Applications

12-7-05 - Tyson Foods, Inc. has started taking applications for many of the anticipated 1,600 jobs that will be created by the opening of a new meat production plant in Sherman, Texas, company officials reported today.

Tyson has been converting the former Oscar Mayer plant in Sherman into a state-of-the art case ready beef and pork operation. The company already has 50 management workers on staff and beginning this week will start hiring some of the more than 1,000 production workers who will be needed for the first phase of production, which is set to begin in early February 2006. The rest of the workforce will be added as the plant increases production.

"We're nearing the final stages of plant renovations and are ready to start hiring and training the production workers we'll need to successfully begin operations," said Mike Gerleman, manager of the Sherman plant. "We're anxious to put our team together and begin production at what eventually should be the largest case ready meat plant in the country."

The new operation will use beef and pork from other Tyson plants to produce packages of steak, roasts, chops, ground beef and other items that are ready for retail grocers to place directly into the meat case. Most of the jobs will involve cutting, trimming and packaging product. Other positions will include box handling and storage, maintenance, quality assurance and production management.

Production workers will start at $9.00 an hour, move to $9.50 after three months, $10.00 after six months and can go on to earn as much as $11 an hour. Top maintenance pay is $16 an hour. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement savings program and a stock purchase plan that receive matching contributions from the company, and paid vacations and holidays.

Beginning December 6, Tyson will take employment applications Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Sherman: Midway Mall 4800 Texoma Parkway

  • Bonham: South Annex, 210 South Main

  • Gainesville: Gainesville Factory Shops, Suite 201, 4321 North I-35

  • Van Alstyne: Grayson Co., South Campus, Stephens Street

Applications will also be taken at the following Workforce Texoma offices, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m:

  • Denison: 2415 South Austin St. (Suite 105)

  • Gainesville: 900 North Grand Ave. (Suite 103)

  • Bonham: 1205 East Sam Rayburn Drive

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the “Powered by Tyson™” strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. Tyson has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.