Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods says it has invested more than $40 million in four of its plants in Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The capital investments could create as many as 490 jobs at the company’s plants in Sherman, Texas, Goodlettsville, Tenn., Glen Allen, Va. and Jacksonville, Fla., Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith announced Feb. 1.

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Both the Texas and Tennessee plants produce case ready beef and pork, meaning the meats are cut, packaged and made ready for retail grocers to place directly into the meat case. The plant in Virginia makes rotisserie chickens, breast filets, tenders and thighs for national foodservice customers. The Bruss Company, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods located in Jacksonville, is a manufacturer of portion-controlled steaks and chops for the foodservice industry.

“These are major investments we believe will help us maintain our position as a leader in the case ready business at two strategic locations, and in chicken and steaks with some of our key foodservice customers,” said Smith. “All of these are prime locations because of the existing facilities and access to an excellent workforce.”