Kinston, NC – Smithfield Foods, Inc. first established in 1978 was located at 2602 W. Vernon Ave. as Smithfield Packing Company Inc. In 2006, Smithfield opened a new state-of-the-art facility located at 1780 Smithfield Way, Kinston, NC. Smithfield closed their W. Vernon Ave. facility in 2008, transferring 476 employees to the US 70 West Industrial Park site under the company name of Smithfield Foods, Inc.
In 2011, Smithfield Foods, Inc. expanded the existing food processing facility in the 70 West Industrial Park. The expansion represents a total non-depreciated investment of at least $85,500,000 in real property and personal property, including machinery and equipment, and projected to create at least 330 new jobs in the County within five years.
Smithfield Foods, Inc. has committed to expand and has chosen Lenoir County as the home for this expansion. The expansion represents a total non-depreciated investment of at least $16,000,000 in personal property that includes cutting edge technology. Lenoir County is very
grateful for the continued support and dedicated commitment to the community afforded by Smithfield Foods, Inc.’s continued success and progress.