GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JBS USA, a leading processor of quality beef products in the U.S., today announced the opening of a state-of-the-art distribution center at the company's beef processing plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. The new facility boasts increased storage and product handling capabilities intended to enhance customer service.
The first phase of construction on a dedicated 83,000 square-foot structure with 12 loading doors for the new distribution center is complete, providing a storage capacity of 35,000 boxes of beef and immediate advancements in JBS's customer service capabilities. The second phase of construction is scheduled for completion in late spring 2014, resulting in a total storage capacity of 100,000 boxes of beef.
The Grand Island beef processing facility produces boxed beef, ground beef and case-ready beef solutions for an expanding domestic and global customer base. In addition to the legacy Swift® brand, the plant produces premium program products including 1855® Black Angus, Swift Black Angus® and Certified Angus Beef®.
"Installation of the new distribution center is designed to benefit our customers by improving service levels and overall plant effectiveness," said Al Byers, leader of the JBS USA fed beef business unit. "The system's advanced technology further enhances our ability to meet the unique needs of our customers in domestic and international markets."
Retrotech automation with additional sortation lanes and high-speed palletizers will be installed in February 2014, streamlining the plant's ability to seamlessly deliver products to customers worldwide. The distribution center will also include an advanced combo storage system and Meat Master technology system for increased product consistency and quality. The commissioning of eight Viastore cranes will mark the final phase of construction. The new distribution system will increase warehouse productivity, capacity and utilization, while providing more reliable service through the efficient, sustainable distribution of beef products to customers around the world. The design of the distribution center allows for continual expansion to meet the growing needs of customers.
"We are dedicated to providing the best possible service, selection and value to our customers," Byers said. "The new distribution center will strengthen our ability to remain a reliable and efficient supplier, while consistently meeting the expectations of our customers. Our investment in the new distribution center demonstrates our long-term commitment to the community in Grand Island and our customers who demand loyal, quality service."
The investment in the Grand Island plant reaffirms the company's strategy to enhance quality and service through capital investment and innovation. The modern distribution center will benefit a global customer base that provides a diverse range of quality beef offerings to millions of Americans and consumers in more than 20 countries around the world.
JBS's operation in Grand Island was established in 1965 and is located on 131 acres in central Nebraska. The facility employs more than 3,200 JBS team members and has the capacity to process more than 5,400 head of cattle per day.
JBS USA, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., the world's leading animal protein processor, is a leading processor of beef, pork and lamb in the U.S., a leading processor of beef in Canada and a leading processor of beef and lamb in Australia. JBS USA processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh, further-processed and value-added beef and pork products for sale to customers in more than 100 nations on five continents. JBS USA is also a majority shareholder of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, the second largest poultry company in the U.S. For more information, visit www.jbssa.com
For additional details, please contact Al Byers at 970.506.8000.
CONTACT: Al Byers 970.506.8000