Tyson closing Dakota Dunes corporate offices, moving team members to Arkansas

Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 9:38 AM CDT
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DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (KTIV) - Tyson has announced it will soon be closing its corporate offices in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

Tyson says its corporate team members from their offices in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota will be relocated to the company’s world headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. Also being relocated to Arkansas are corporate teams from Downers Grove, Illinois and Chicago.

This relocation only applies to those working at corporate offices, like the ones in Dakota Dunes. Company officials say production team members at the Dakota City and Storm Lake plants will not be impacted by this relocation.

Corporate employees will begin the phased relocation in early 2023. Company officials say team members located at Dakota Dunes are being given the option to relocate to Springdale and northwest Arkansas, and that there are no layoffs associated with this announcement.

Officials have told KTIV that this move will mean the headquarters in Dakota Dunes will close. There are about 500 team members at the Dakota Dunes corporate office and Tyson is asking all team members to relocate to northwest Arkansas in 2023.

“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,” stated Tyson Foods President and CEO Donnie King in a press release.

Tyson says it will be expanding its world headquarters to accommodate the move.

Officials say more details on this move will be announced over the next several months.

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Response

Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, was very up front and clear about Wednesday’s announcement from Tyson. He doesn’t believe it’s good news for the Siouxland Community.

McGowan says the focus of The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce is on retaining, creating, and recruiting jobs. He says the decision by Tyson Foods represents a significant migration of jobs that will leave the Siouxland community.

McGowan understands it is a very fragile time for those affected by this move.

”This community has experienced this type of news before. This is an incredibly resilient community, but I want to begin by saying first and foremost our thoughts are with those employees who were directly impacted by today’s news,” said McGowan.

McGowan also says the chamber will be able to help employee’s network and leverage their experience and expertise to remain in the community, if they would like to stay in Siouxland.

The legacy Tyson has in the community spans generations and McGowan wants that impact to remain the same.

”This is one of our leading white-collar employers, they’re an important part of our Siouxland community. And if I could communicate any message at this time, it would be ‘boy, I sure hope they reconsider, because their impact on our community is significant,’” said McGowan.

While the chamber hopes Tyson reconsiders, there has been no sign of that being the case.

Mcgowan says, his job is to try and make a push for Tyson to reconsider and the chamber will pursue that aggressively.