The U.S. hog industry saw a significant increase in its slaughter and processing capacity in 2017. In September, the Clemens Foods plant opened for business in Coldwater, Mich., with a capacity to process 8,000 head per day, and the Triumph-Seaboard Foods plant started up in Sioux City, Iowa. Within six months, Clemens intends to bring the Coldwater plant's capacity up to 10,000 head per day. The Triumph-Seaboard Foods plant will add a second shift in Sioux City, bringing total capacity to 20,000 head per day. Tyson Fresh Meats plans a $28 million expansion of its Waterloo, Iowa, pork processing plant in 2018. The project includes construction of a new 56,400 sq. ft. warehouse and renovation of another 18,250 sq. ft. of existing space to add production lines. Smithfield Foods has said it will build a distribution center and expand blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, N.C., in the coming year. Friesen Foods, a Canada-based company, has purchased 3,018 acres of undeveloped farmland in Cascade County, Mont., and plans to build Madison Food Park.