Automation system boosts capacity at Cargill plant
Community, state and federal officials join in celebrating the opening of the renovated $50 million distribution center.
Cargill’s beef business leaders were joined by community, state and federal officials this month to celebrate the opening of its renovated Dodge City, KS $50 million distribution center.
With more than 9,000 feet of conveyor belts, the new automated system at the beef processing facility has boosted capacity by 70,000 boxes, with shelf space available to hold approximately 133,000 60-pound boxes of beef. Each day, the system stores an average of 40,000 boxes, while simultaneously shipping another 40,000 to Cargill customers worldwide.
Cargill Beef is based in Wichita, KS. The Dodge City facility is the largest of six Cargill beef processing plants in the US. It was opened in 1979 and currently processes more than 5,400 cattle each day, distributing products across the nation and to seven countries worldwide.
The new system brings increased efficiency and reliability for the operations that serve Cargill’s foodservice, retail and processed food customers. In addition to lower operating and maintenance costs, the new system is more environmentally sustainable due to its improved energy use, which is aligned