JBS has begun the first phase of a multi-million dollar company overhaul that will enable business growth.
The city issued the pork producer building permits for the company to raze several adjacent buildings and build a guard shack and a 30,000-square-foot dry storage warehouse, according to the October building report released Tuesday.
Construction is slated to get underway sometime before the start of 2013. Its completion date is scheduled for March 2013.
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JBS razed several buildings on its southwest corner, shown here Thursday afternoon, to make way for a new $1 million dry storage warehouse. The building will increase efficiency and is the first of many improvements the company plans to make in the coming years.
Demolishing several nearby homes - owned by the company - allowed JBS to make room for more parking, said Mike McQuade, human resources director for JBS.
"We are running out of space," he said. "It's more of an accommodation thing. We want people to be able to park close to the building."
The addition of the $1 million dry storage building ushers in an era of expansion for JBS.
McQuade said the demolition of several buildings would allow the company to add production lines as it expands. Such construction also allows fewer impediments to work flow by enabling workers to run directly off new lines that are closer to where products shipped.
An increase in efficiency will allow the plant to save money to fund other projects, McQuade said. It is at least part of the reason the company chose it as the first in a series of improvements that McQuade said he could not disclose all the details of, lest it put JBS as a disadvantage in the marketplace.
Because JBS stores many dry goods offsite, employees must make six or seven trips a day to keep the plant running, said Todd Carl, plant manager.
The improvement also adds to the overall aesthetic of the plant, he added. He said the new dry storage warehouse will mirror the company's new distribution center on the southwest corner of the existing footprint.
McQuade said the company's philosophy behind the construction is simple.
"Increased production, increased jobs," he said.
More than 2,300 people work at JBS.
The work will be detached enough as to not affect visitor or employee activity, McQuade said.
JBS paid the city $6,725 in fees in October for the construction and demolition, according to the building report.