Tyson Foods will consolidate domestic corporate teams based in Illinois and South Dakota into its expanding world headquarters in Springdale over the next several years, the company announced today.
The shift could bring around 1,000 team members from Chicago and Downers Grove, Illinois, and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, to Northwest Arkansas. The company said the change would foster shared values, connectivity, collaboration and innovation. It will also coincide with breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art corporate campus as well as remodeling of several existing facilities in Springdale.
“Tyson’s diverse portfolio of products and brands provides us with an unmatched strategic advantage to serve our customers,” Tyson President and CEO Donnie King said in a statement. “Bringing our talented corporate team members and businesses together under one roof unlocks greater opportunities to share perspectives and ideas, while also enabling us to act quickly to solve problems and provide the innovative products solutions that our customers deserve and value.”
The first phase of relocations is set to begin early next year, followed by an expected groundbreaking for the new campus in fall 2023. More details will be released in the coming months.
“Tyson’s announcement is an exciting moment for the company and for the region’s future,” said Nelson Peacock, president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, of which Tyson is a founding member. “It also highlights the urgency of the Council’s many initiatives to help ensure that local infrastructure, housing, workforce support and quality of life meet the needs of all who call the region home.”
Walmart is also in the process of building a new campus for its world headquarters in Bentonville.
“We’re fortunate that our region’s global companies continue to invest in the region, creating both challenges and opportunities,” Peacock said. “And for those arriving from Tyson’s other locations over the next several years, we’re excited to share what NWA has to offer.”