COLUMBIA, MISSOURI (November 17, 2021) - The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association welcomes news of a new beef processing facility in the state expected to process 2,400 cattle per day once fully operational by the end of 2024. Subsequent to a lengthy, multi-site selection process, the American Foods Group, LLC (AFG), announced Warren County, Mo., will be home to the facility expected to employ more than 1,300 people.
MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the 70-plus year old, family-owned company has a long history in the beef business and is very familiar with Missouri’s livestock industry.
“This family knows the quality of cattle produced in this state by more than 50,000 farm and ranch families,” said Deering. “AFG has long purchased cattle in this state for their other processing plants and having a company like this in Missouri will undoubtedly help producers here and in surrounding states. The plant is expected to process both cows and fat cattle.”
The effort to bring the new AFG facility to Missouri has also included the Missouri Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, along with Greater St. Louis, Inc., and the Missouri Partnership.
“Missouri is able to compete for projects of this magnitude because of our strong agriculture community and business-friendly economy,” said Governor Mike Parson. “As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I know how beneficial having a company like American Foods Group in Warren County will be for Missouri's farmers and consumers. We are excited that Missouri is the planned location and remain committed to supporting the company as this project continues to develop in our state.”
More information will become available throughout the facility’s development.