Seaboard Triumph Foods start up

A semi-trailer truck passes through a security checkpoint leading to a loading dock at the Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Sioux City on Sept. 5, the first day of commercial production at the $300 million plant.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | A trailer of pork from the first week of production at Sioux City's brand-new Seaboard Triumph Foods processing plant has been donated to aid hurricane relief efforts. 

The trailer full of PrairieFresh Premium Pork, which has been donated to Operation BBQ Relief, is anticipated to help provide more than 100,000 meals. 

Operation BBQ Relief sends barbecue cooking teams into natural disaster areas to provide hot meals to those impacted and those who help. It completed an 11-day deployment in Texas over the weekend to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey and is preparing to deploy to Florida following Hurricane Irma. 

Seaboard Triumph Foods, which began operations Sept. 5 in Sioux City, produces PrairieFresh products along with other fresh pork products for domestic and international markets. The plant is ramping up toward a one-shift capacity to process 10,000 head of market hogs a day with 1,100 employees. 

"We're on our planned schedule after the first week and grateful that some of the product we produced this first week can be donated to help Operation BBQ Relief serve hot, delicious meals to those dealing with the aftermath from the recent natural disasters," Mark Porter, Seaboard Triumph Foods' chief operating officer, said in a news release. 

In addition to the donation from Sioux City, about two more trailer loads of fresh pork produced by affiliated plants in Guymon, Oklahoma, and St. Joseph, Missouri, have gone to Operation BBQ Relief in the past two weeks. 

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