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Smithfield Foods Investing $9 Million in Curly's Expansion

SMITHFIELD, Va., April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods announced today that it is investing $9 million to expand its production capacity at its Curly's® facility in Sioux City, Iowa.



The construction project will increase Curly's existing facility by about 21,000 square feet and will add 25 to 30 new jobs when fully operational. Smithfield said work on the new plant is expected to begin sometime this spring, with completion set for this fall.

"We're very excited about this new facility because it will help us meet growing customer demand for our company's high-quality, ready-to-eat and cooked meat products," said Bob Brady, vice president and general manager of the Curly's facility, which produces precooked ribs and other barbeque products.

"Today's announcement underscores our company's commitment to enhancing our facilities and increasing our workforce," Brady said. "This also will boost Sioux City's economic development because these will be good-paying jobs."

Smithfield's recent organizational realignment has unified all its independent-operating companies, brands and marketing, including Curly's, under one corporate umbrella with continued emphasis on growing its branded packaged meats business.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldcommitments.com.

CONTACT: Kathleen Kirkham Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-1965 kathleenkirkham@smithfieldfoods.com

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.