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Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods is the largest chicken, beef, and pork processor and marketer in the world. As of September 30, 2017 Tyson Foods has ~122,000 employees world wide. Tyson Foods was founded in 1931 by John W. Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas.

Tyson Foods is the largest chicken, beef, and pork processor and marketer in the world. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas. As of September 30, 2017 Tyson Foods has ~122,000 employees world wide. Approximately ~117,000 in the United States, and ~5000 around the world (primarily in China).

History

Tyson Foods began in 1935 after John W. Tyson moved to Springdale, Arkansas looking for better opportunities. Tyson began raising chickens and selling them to surrounding markets in the Midwest, and the company Tyson Foods is born. Tyson Foods kept growing over the next decade, setting up new poultry businesses in Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Cleveland, Ohio. A chick shortage for Tyson Foods lead to the creation of their own hatcheries and chicken feed businesses.

During World War II the United States put wartime rations on beef and began to subsidize poultry production. These subsidizes were good for Tyson Foods and lead to the company securing its position as a dominant poultry producer and processing company in the United States. They used their profits from this time to invest in vertical integration. These investments lead Tyson Foods to gain control over the majority of their business needs. Everything from feeding their chickens, growing their chicken, and distributing their chickens to the market.

During the post World War II period the poultry industry was under a lot of pressure from the post-war economy and from a chicken disease out break. Tyson Foods began buying up surrounding poultry producers to mitigate their risk of bankruptcy and from being bought out by larger companies. In 1957, Tyson Foods officially controlled each step of its operations after the completion of its first chicken processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas.

In April 1963 Tyson Foods went public selling 100,000 shares at 10.50. Shortly after in 1967, the founder of Tyson Foods John W. Tyson and his wife died in a car crash. After the death of John W. Tyson, his son Don Tyson took over the company, and successfully grew the company over the next 30 years to become one of the leading producers of meat in the world.

1982 was an important year for Tyson Foods. They were put on the Fortune 500 list for the first time and signed major contracts with McDonalds to supply them with chicken nuggets. The company kept growing, and by 2002 they had become the second largest publicly traded food company in the United States after acquiring several new companies including Holly Farms (1988), Hudson Foods (1997), and Iowa Beef Producers (2002).

In the fiscal year of 2006, Tyson Foods posted a loss of $196 million. Resulting in John Tyson (the son of Don Tyson) resigning as CEO and being replaced by Richard Bond.

Tyson Food locations

Tyson Food factories are primarily located in the Midwest and Southern regions of the United states.

State
Town/city
Type

Alabama

Albertville

Chicken

Alabama

Blountsville

Chicken

Arkansas

Pine Bluff

Chicken

Arkansas

Clarksville

River Valley Animal Foods

Arkansas

Fayetteville

Prepared foods

Arkansas

Grannis

Chicken

Arkansas

Green Forest

Chicken

Arkansas

Hope

Chicken

Arkansas

Nashville

Chicken

Arkansas

North Little Rock

Chicken

Arkansas

Dardanelle

Chicken

Arkansas

Russelville

Chicken

Arkansas

Scranton

River Valley Animal Foods

Arkansas

Springdale

Tyson Foods headquarters; Chicken

Arkansas

Texarkana

Chicken

Arkansas

Van Buren

Chicken

Arkansas

Waldron

Chicken

Arkansas

Berryville

Chicken

Arkansas

Clarksville

Chicken

Georgia

Cumming

Chicken

Georgia

Buena Vista-Dawson-Vienna

Chicken

Illinois

Joslin

Beef

Illinois

Chicago

Prepared foods; Further processed beef

Indiana

Logansport

Pork

Indiana

Portland

Prepared foods

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Tyson Food brands

Tyson food has many different brands under its name. Each can be found below:

  • Tyson
  • Jimmy Dear
  • Hillshire farms
  • Hillshire snacking
  • Ball Park
  • Tyson Tastemakers
  • Aidells
  • Golden Island
  • State Fair
  • Nature Raised Farms
  • Sara Lee
  • Wright Brand
  • Boscos
  • Gallo Salame
  • Bonici
  • The Bruss Company
  • Chairman's Reserve Beef
  • IBP
  • Lady Aster
  • Open Prairie
  • Star Ranch Angus
  • Supreme Tender Pork
  • Wunderbar
  • Advance Pierre Foods
  • Barber Foods
  • Big AZ
  • Fast Fixin
  • Hot'n'Ready
  • Jamwich
  • Landshire
  • Russer
  • Steakeze
  • Original Philly
  • Bryan
  • True Chews
  • Top Chews
  • Nudges
  • River Valley Animal Foods

Timeline

Tyson Foods acquires Iowa Beef Producers (IBP)

In 2002 Tyson Foods buys IPB and becomes the second largest public American food company.

Tyson Foods announces it buy Hudson Foods for $642.4 million

After Hudson Foods recalled 25 million pounds of hamburgers, Tyson Foods announced they will buy out Hudson Foods for $642.4 million.

Tyson Foods purchases Holly farms for $1.4 billion

Holly Farms is bought buy Tyson Foods for $1.4 billion.

Tyson Foods make the Fortune 500 list

Tyson foods was put on the Fortune 500 list for the first time and signed major contracts with McDonalds to supply them with chicken nuggets.

Founder of Tyson Foods, John W. Tyson, dies in a car crash

In 1967, John W. Tyson and his wife die in a car crash.

Tyson Foods goes public

In April, 1963 Tyson Foods became a publicly traded company and sold 100,000 shares at $10.50.

Tyson Foods builds first chicken processing plant

In 1957, Tyson Foods officially controlled each step of its operations after the completion of its first chicken processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas.

World War II begins and US government subsidizes poultry production

During World War II the United States put wartime rations on beef and began subsidizing poultry production. This was good news for Tyson Foods and lead the company to securing its position as a dominant poultry producer and processing company in the United States.

Founding of Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas.

People

Name
Role
Related Golden topics

John W. Tyson

Founder and former CEO

Amy Tu

Executive vice president, general counsel

Barbara A. Tyson

Director

Cheryl S. Miller

Director

Dean Banks

Director

Don Tyson

Former CEO

Doug Ramsey

Group president, Poultry

Gaurdie E. Banister Jr.

Lead independent director

Jeffery K. Schomburger

Director

John Tyson

Chairman of the board

Justin Whitmore

Executive vice president corporate strategy & chief sustainability officer

Kevin M. McNamara

Director

Mary Oleksiuk

Executive vice president & chief of human resources officer

Mike Beebe

Director

Mikel A. Durman

Director

Noel White

Group president; beef, pork, & international

Robert C. Thurber

Director

Sally Grimes

Group president, prepared foods

Scott Rouse

Chief customer officer

Scott Spradley

Executive vice president & chief technology officer

Stewart F. Glendinning

Executive vice president & chief financial officer

Tom Hayes

President & CEO

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type

BUSINESS; Why Is He on Top? He's a Tyson, for One

David Barboza

News article

History of Tyson Foods, Inc. – FundingUniverse

International Directory of Company Histories

Academic article

Lab-Grown Meat Startups Backed by Bill Gates, Tyson Foods Face FDA Oversight

Anna Edney

News article

No exec bonuses: Tyson misses earnings target

Associated Press/NBC news

Press release

The feathered kingdom: Tyson Foods and the transformation of American land, labor, and law, 1930--2005.

Brent E. Riffel

Book

Tyson Foods begins construction of $300m poultry plant

News Desk

News article

Tyson: From Farm to Market- The Remarkable Story of Tyson Foods

Marvin Schwartz

Book

Why Tyson Foods Is Using Blockchain Technology to Track Your Chicken

Brian Sozzi

Web article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Tyson Foods - Historical "Founders Room" Museum

July 5, 2013

Tyson Foods CEO: Raising Expectations | Mad Money | CNBC

November 2, 2017

Tyson Foods Is On a Mission

March 6. 2018

What's in a Tyson Fun Nugget? [Extended]

May 3, 2017

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

References