Food processor BrucePac broke ground on a $22.5 million expansion to its Durant plant.
Over the coming year, the company plans to hire an additional 100 people, it said in a statement.
New production areas need to be added as well as refrigeration and processing equipment. The expansion work should last 15 to 18 months.
“In 2014, we acquired the former JC Potter Sausage factory, and since then we have expanded our operations and our commitment to the community, our team members and our customers,” said President and CEO. BrucePac management, Jeff Grohs. “To date, we have invested over $45 million in Durant, and this is just the beginning of our next phase of growth.”
The expansion will improve the company’s ability to produce high quality cooked meat products.
“We are looking at new capabilities that will help us deliver new products to our customers as well as some automation that will help us increase efficiency and improve our cost and competitiveness within the industry,” Grohs said. .
The construction project is led by builders and engineers from Plyler Construction, supported by support teams from Eikon Engineering Co., PermaCold Engineering Inc. and BrucePac.
In business since 1949, BrucePac, based in Woodburn, Oregon, is a family business with food processing facilities in Oregon and Oklahoma. It produces fully cooked, ready-to-eat beef, chicken, pork, turkey and plant-based protein products, employing over 900 people. The products are sold throughout the country under different brands.
“There’s nothing better than watching a rural Oklahoma business grow,” said Oklahoma Department of Commerce Executive Director Brent Kisling. “I would like to thank BrucePac for their continued investment in Oklahoma and our workforce. BrucePac has been a great partner for the town of Durant, and I’m thrilled to see them continue to hire so many great Oklahomans in this community.