West Liberty Foods,
L.L.C. is an
Americanmeat processing company owned by the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative and formed in 1996 by a group of
Iowaturkey growers, and now owns four meat processing plants. The company mainly produces
customers to sell under their own
brand names. As of 2006, West liberty Foods was the 12th largest turkey company in the United States. Each plant, located in the three Iowa towns of
Mount Pleasant, and
Sigourney as well as
Tremonton, Utah, focuses on specific aspects of the meat packing process. The West Liberty plant participates in the entire process by
slaughtering animals, further processing meats into products, and
packaging finished products, and the Sigourney plant focuses on the further processing step only, and the Mount Pleasant plant only packages finished product. While West Liberty Foods has experienced growth and received industry recognition since its inception, it initially faced a difficult
market for turkeys, and has experienced problems with labor discontent.
Employees remain with the company for an average of nine years, with more than 1500 employed.