Tyson Foods’ bacon plant celebrates 90 years
Tyson Foods’ bacon plant in Vernon has operated continuously since 1922. The plant will officially celebrate its 90th anniversary on February 22 by feeding its team members throughout the day and at shift changes.
The Vernon plant is the sole location which makes Wright Brand Bacon, a regional favorite for dozens of years that has grown in national popularity during the past decade. Wright Brand Bacon is produced in five distinctive flavors and is available at more than 53 retailers throughout the country.
“We’re extremely proud of our plant and the team members who work here,” said Jimmy Dennis, plant manager. “90 years is quite a legacy to live up to, but our people do it every day.”
Tyson’s Vernon plant and supporting operations employ more than 800 team members and had a payroll of about $31 million in 2011. The plant produces thick-cut bacon for retail sale under the Wright Brand label and custom-cut bacon for food service customers. The plant spends around $4 million each year on utilities and is the second largest employer in Vernon.