EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC4 News)- Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., announced they are opening a facility in Eagle Mountain.

They say the food production plant will provide 800 jobs initially and expand to 1,200 within three years after opening.

Officials from the company say they will invest almost $300 million to build the plant which will be likely be located in the Pole Canyon development at the southwest end of the city. Approval for the project will be discussed in upcoming meetings.

Tyson Fresh Meats is the beef and pork unit of Tyson Foods, Inc. The business currently operates case ready plants in Iowa, Tennessee and Texas.

Starting wages for hourly employees at its existing facilities currently range from $14.40 to $16.50 per hour, with Tyson Foods offering health care benefits, 401(k) and the opportunity for advancement. Some skilled positions start at $20 per hour. Annual local payroll is projected at $44 million.

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) previously announced the project would be located in Utah, adding an estimated $27 million in new state tax revenue over the next 10 years. It is anticipated the project will have more than a $1 billion economic impact in the first ten years due to construction of the facility, salaries, taxable sales, and other investments in the local economy.

“It’s great to see Tyson Foods expand in Eagle Mountain,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “New jobs in that area will provide employment opportunities for many city residents who commute to work in the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys. Employment opportunities like this, closer to home, help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.”

Here’s a look at one of the facilities in Texas.

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