Superior Farms Breaks Ground on New Plant
May 2, 2014

Superior Farms celebrated a groundbreaking event for its new, 50,000-square-foot processing plant in Dixon, Calif.

The plant, which will reduce the company's total energy consumption by 45 percent, will be built next to the current processing facility. The old plant will remain operational until construction is complete to prevent processing downtime.

The design incorporates the latest in ergonomics, natural lighting and wind power, while delivering an estimated 30 percent reduction in water use, the company said.

"We are 'right-sizing' this facility," said Shane MacKenzie, Superior Farms' vice president of operations. "Meaning, we're building the plant to be more efficient and appropriate for the number of livestock coming through today."

The new facility will have several processing rooms, refrigerated coolers and freezer space, employee welfare areas, training rooms, warehouse and distribution docks, livestock yards and office space. State-of-the-art packaging equipment will be energy-efficient and ergonomically sound, the company said.

The original facility served as both a beef and lamb packing plant over its 90-plus years.

"We believe in the U.S. lamb industry," said Rick Stott, chief executive of Superior Farms. "We want to give producers the confidence that they will have a market for their lambs for a long time to come. As stewards of all things lamb, we are investing not only in this plant, but also in the producers. Together we will thrive."