Sioux Falls—Wieners for the World!
Trevor Mitchell does some math and says doubling Sioux Falls’s slaughterhouses could lead to nearly one tenth of America’s pork coming from Sioux Falls:
If Wholestone Farms’ proposed Sioux Falls plant comes to fruition and reaches its full potential, Sioux Falls could be responsible for nearly 10% of the country’s pork processing by the end of the decade.
That’s according to the United States Department of Agriculture, which says a total of 129 million hogs were processed nationally in 2021.
…The expectation, once both shifts are up and running, is that the plant could process about 6 million hogs per year.
“In the pork industry, it’s significant,” said Luke Minion, board chairman for Wholestone.
Indeed, that’s in the same realm as Smithfield Foods’ Sioux Falls plant, which is already responsible for about 5% of the nation’s pork production [Trevor Mitchell, “Sioux Falls Could Process Nearly 10% of the Country’s Pork Between Wholestone, Smithfield,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2022.09.25].
Still, Minion repeatedly noted that while their Sioux Falls capacity might be similar, Smithfield remains a much larger, national company compared to Wholestone’s footprint, which is currently just their plant in Fremont, Nebraska. That plant, too, is expected to add a second shift in 2024 that would increase capacity to 6 million hogs a year.
“We’re not even a third of Smithfield’s size,” Minion said.
Even as their website notes they’re the 10th largest pork producer in the country, Minion said that JBS, Smithfield Foods, Tyson and Seaboard Foods dominate the pork industry.
“We’re still small relative to the competition,” he said [Mitchell, 2022.09.25].
Early voting began Friday, so folks can go to the Minnehaha County Administration Building today and cast their vote to make Sioux Falls into America’s Abe Froman!