Tyson Foods

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Tyson Foods unveiled its Manufacturing Automation Center in downtown Springdale last week. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to help the company develop more automation and robotics for its food processing plants.


Tyson Foods is donating 110,000 pounds of protein to the NWA Food Bank as part of its Miles that Matter program. The Springdale-based company has donated 9 million pounds, making it the largest protein donor to the food bank.

For the last five years, Tyson Foods' Upward Academy has offered ESL, GED and citizenship courses and assistance to the employees at its plants. The program began in 2014 in Springdale and has since spread to dozens of plants across the country. Next year, Tyson also plans to pilot digital and financial literacy courses with the goal of providing employees with more opportunities, which has yielded higher attendance and retention rates throughout the company.


Industrial agriculture has a distinct impact on the environment. According to Mighty Earth, meat production directly contributes to water pollution. Mighty Earth is a national grassroots organization that focuses on environmental issues. The group is holding a rally for clean water on Nov. 30 at the Tyson Headquarters in Springdale as part of the "NWA Clean it Up, Tyson" campaign. 

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Tyson Foods and Ozark Literacy Council are collaborating on a pilot program to provide immigrant and migrant workers literacy skills--at the worksite, both before and after hours. We take you to a meatpacking plant in Springdale to meet the teachers and observe a class in session.