Tyson Foods Inc. recently said it plans to hire 1,600 workers as it readies a new beef and pork packaging plant slated to begin production in February, according to the Associated Press. The plant, which once belonged to Kraft''s Oscar Mayer, currently has 50 managers on staff and expects to begin hiring the roughly 1,000 workers needed in the first phase of production shortly. The rest of the work force will be added as the plant ramps up production. The converted facility will package beef and pork from other Tyson plants as steak, roasts, chops, ground beef and other grocer-ready meat products. The jobs involve cutting, trimming and packaging, as well as storage, maintenance and quality control.