- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Tyson Fresh Meats will be adding around 140 jobs at a Council Bluffs plant, now that Tyson has won more than $950,000 in Iowa tax credits.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved the credits on Friday. The company plans to install around $10 million worth of new equipment at the plant in order to serve an unidentified new client. As a condition for the tax credits, Tyson must create at least 139 new jobs, including 22 with a wage of nearly $15 an hour.

Tyson spokesman Dan Fogleman said Tuesday that the plant packages beef and pork products for retailers. Tyson Fresh Meats also has a pepperoni plant in Council Bluffs.

Fogleman says the hiring has begun but declined to say how many people work at each plant.