OSI Group opens more poultry plants in China
US meat producer, OSI Group, has opened its ninth and tenth processing plants in China including a multi-protein further processing facility and an adjacent, integrated poultry operation in Xihua, Henan.
The further processing plant will process poultry and beef products for customers in China and select export markets.
Designed to become OSI's largest food processing facility globally, the two-phase further processing facility will measure more than 2.2 million square feet when fully completed in 2018. The first phase of the further processing plant will process par-fried and fully cooked chicken products and employ nearly 500 workers. Phase 2, which will be operational by 2016, will include additional high speed lines and expand the plant's product capabilities to value-added beef.
The DaOSI slaughter plant, which is a joint venture between OSI and leading Chinese poultry company Doyoo Group, will be OSI's largest integrated poultry operation globally, spanning nearly 400,000 square feet. The overall investment in these operations exceeds $300 million.
The opening of the Henan operation marks OSI's third fully vertically integrated poultry operation in China. With this addition in central China, OSI will be on track to process 300 million birds per year. OSI has been operating in China since opening its first factory in Beijing in 1992. OSI also has facilities in India, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia, and expects to employ nearly 8,000 people throughout the Asia Pacific region by the end of 2013.
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