Help Wanted - Tyson Moves Forward

2-14-05 - Tyson Foods will have an informational meeting February 24th for area contractors and vendors interested in helping renovate and reopen the former Oscar Mayer plant in Sherman, the company reported Monday.

Tyson expects to spend approximately $100 million to transform the vacant facility into a case ready meats plant, producing packaged cuts of beef and pork ready for retail grocers to place directly into the meat case. The company hopes to have the plant operational by early next year.

The informational meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, in the Sherman Municipal Ballroom at 405 North Rusk. It is expected to last two to three hours.

Tyson purchasing and engineering officials will be present to discuss the company’s construction and service needs for the project. There will also be presentations on Tyson bidding process, insurance requirements and safety guidelines.

Tyson officials are seeking contractors with expertise in such areas as mechanical, engineering, electrical, concrete, demolition, refrigeration, plumbing and roofing. Service needs include sanitation, janitorial, fire protection, pest control, motor repair, lawn maintenance and catering.

Contractors and vendors with questions about the meeting or the project are encouraged to contact Jeff Rajnowski at 1-800-643-3410, extension 1737, or

Renovation work will include improvements in the refrigeration system and the installation of new processing and packaging equipment. Company officials plan to begin one shift of production in early 2006 and add another shift in early 2007. The growth of operations is expected to create up to 1,600 jobs over a two to three year period.