smithfield kinston facility expansion

smithfield foods

Our design-build team has completed several projects at Smithfield's Kinston North Carolina plant. Work has included doubling the size of the food processing center, installing proprietary equipment, and transitioning the plant from hot dog production to baloney.

schedule type


building area

192,000 sf

special feature

active facility

owner equipment

meb installed

Project Details

192,900 SF expansion to the existing 180,000 SF Manufacturing Plant that sits on a 90-acre site in the Kinston Industrial Park.  The expansion consisted of 131,600 SF of processing/storage space in the Main Plant area, a 44,000 SF mezzanine for specialized equipment, a 6,300 SF dry storage addition, an 11,000 SF Mechanical Penthouse, and a new Shipping Addition of 9,000 SF. All mechanical/electrical equipment connections were included (air, high pressure water, steam, condensate, domestic, gas piping, power wiring, and control wiring) in the scope of work. The project had a fast-track schedule of 14 months from NTP to startup of the processing lines. Most of the equipment suppliers were still designing the process equipment while we were designing the building.  MEB and our design partner had to make design assumptions and decisions to ensure adequacy of the structure and systems while still awaiting final equipment design. Construction took place while maintaining all existing operations of the 300-person facility. MEB successfully coordinated installation of all owner-supplied equipment from Germany.

Smithfield has now hired MEB to complete a $10 million retrofit to this facility in 2020. Exterior work includes two small building additions for a flour storage and conveying system as well as a refrigeration addition to support added refrigeration capacity.  Additionally, two (2) large air handling units and associated ductwork will be installed on the roof of the existing facility that will pressurize interior spaces to meet food safety requirements. Interior work includes new IMP walls and concrete curbs to create the new spaces required for the owner’s operations.  Work also includes significant structural modifications to re-route HVAC ducts and provide large mezzanine openings for new owner provided process equipment. All work was accomplished while working around the owner’s process operations and four (4) scheduled shutdowns.