Tyson Foods Donates More Than $23K to City of Emporia, Kan.
EMPORIA, Kan. – Nov. 29, 2011 – Tyson Foods Inc. presented the City of Emporia a check for $23,895 today. The money will fund the purchase of an outdoor warning and notification system that will be used to alert Emporia residents of dangerous weather or other emergencies.
The purchase will supplement the City’s existing notification system and broaden its overall reach. More than just a siren, the system is capable of broadcasting instructions or vital information in both English and Spanish. The donation will entirely pay for one new site to be added to the notification system.
“Our commitment is to ensure the protection of life, liberty and property,” said Gary Smith, chief of police. “This is a wonderful gift that will benefit the residents of Emporia for many years to come and help the police department focus on its mission.”
“I’m pleased to present this money on behalf of Tyson Foods,” said Mike Fiehler, manager of the Emporia complex. “Our team members and their families live in this community; their safety is important to our company and to me personally. It’s important that our local law enforcement has the equipment it needs to be effective at their jobs.”
Tyson’s Emporia plant and supporting operations employs more than 900 team members and had a payroll of $32.9 million in 2010. The plant produces custom fresh meats such as steaks, corned beef and ground beef for retail and food service customers. In the past 4 years the plant has transitioned from a beef-only processing facility to a specialty meats provider which also processes pork and chicken to meet the value added needs of supermarkets and restaurants throughout the U.S.
Chief Smith said the notification system has been ordered and he estimates it will be installed by Christmas.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 130 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
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Worth Sparkman, Tyson Foods, 479-290-6358, email@example.com
Chief Gary Smith, Emporia Police Department, 620-343-4211, firstname.lastname@example.org