New pork processing plant to open in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Wholestone Farms, owned by regional pork producers, plans to build a more than $500 million pork processing plant in Sioux Falls. The plans for the opening of the plant are calculated for 2025, as the company needs to obtain permission from the authorities.
Wholestone consists of roughly 200 family farms, pork producers, and Midwest farmers, and 70 of these owners live within a 50-mile radius of Sioux Falls. We need one more plant. The Sioux Falls plant is a better place for a group of owners, ”said Wholestone CEO Scott Webb.
The operating Wholestone Farms processing plant is located in Nebraska and has a capacity of 2.8 million heads per year. However, from 2023, the owners are expected to double its capacity, but this will not be enough to process all the pigs produced by the cooperative: 12 million heads.
Smithfield Foods recently invested at the same location in South Dakota in a similar division, and Wholestone Farms wants to increase its production of value-added products under its Wholestone Foods brand.