Turkey is the main dish at West Liberty Foods, but the company has room for other meats on its plate as well. In addition to slaughtering and processing turkeys, the company also prepares and slices pork, chicken, ham, beef and cheese into value-added meat products (luncheon meat, deli trays) for retail and food service customers, including the Subway sandwich shop chain. It co-packs branded meats for bigger companies and also offers private-label services. The company's commodity products include deboned turkey, ground turkey, turkey parts, and premixed meat slurries, which it supplies to other food processors.
West Liberty operates three production facilities: West Liberty and Mount Pleasant in Iowa, and Tremonton in Utah.
On average each production facility processes about 4 million pounds of turkey, pork, chicken, and beef on a weekly basis. The company also processes around 20,000 large tom turkeys per day.
In 2013 the company added 34,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and storage space to its Tremonton plant to response to an increase in demand. The move adds 10 million pounds of annual production capacity to the facility.
That year it also installed high pressure pasteurization (a non-thermal process that provides enhanced food safety and a longer shelf life of products while reducing dependence on preservatives) at two of its plants.
In 1996, the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative was formed by 47 Iowa-based turkey growers and purchased the West Liberty, Iowa facility formerly owned by Oscar Mayer, and began to run the business as West Liberty Foods. The first turkeys were processed by the cooperative in 1997.
The West Liberty facility was first established in 1943 by Louis Rich.
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