MARYVILLE – State Senator Kris Tharp joined leaders Wednesday to announce a new expansion of Tyson’s Caseyville facility, and the plan to create an estimated 250 jobs in the Metro East region.

“I am proud that Tyson has recognized Illinois’ world-class manufacturing capabilities and, as a result, has continued their significant investment in our community,” said Tharp (D-Bethalto). “The creation of more than 200 new jobs will promote continued growth and economic expansion in the greater Metro East region.”

Additional funding will prioritize workplace efficiency and facilitate ease of production for current and future employees. The facility, which produces Hillshire Farm® and Jimmy Dean® products, will expand its production of snack and breakfast items through the addition of several new production lines and increased square footage.

This investment will build upon Tyson’s current Illinois operations, which generate nearly $1 billion in annual economic output and employ more than 4,000 full-time staff across the state.

“Tyson’s investment proves they understand the abundance of our strong manufacturing workforce in the Metro East,” said Tharp.

As part of the expansion, the company received an Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit, which stipulates a goal of investing $130 million and creating 220 jobs over the next two years. All executed EDGE agreements can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s website.