EXPANSION PLANNED FOR NATIONAL’S DODGE CITY FACILITY

     National Beef Packing Company announced earlier this week it will soon start a project to increase boxed beef handling and shipping capacity at the Dodge City plant. Vice President and General Manager Kris Ragan said the expansion will allow National to better meet the increasing number of customer requests for smaller box sizes and weights. 
     The $30 million project will include adding new box carousels, palletizers and cranes. Expected to be completed by December 2017, these improvements will help the company increase material handling and box storage. 
     National Beef at Dodge City has the capacity to process 6,000 cattle per day. Employment at the plant is about 2,900.
     Based in Kansas City, National Beef generated sales of $7.4 billion last year from its operations in Dodge City, Liberal and Kansas City, Kansas; Hummels Wharf, PA; Moultrie, GA; and St. Joseph, MO. The company processes and markets fresh beef, case-ready beef, beef by-products and wet-blue leather for domestic and international markets.

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