Tyson Foods was established in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark. The company is one of the world s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork and is one of the largest food companies in the Fortune 500. The company produces a variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the Powered by Tyson strategy. Tyson is a recognized market leader in the retail and food service markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 114,000 workers employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and throughout the world, including a location in Wilkesboro, N.C.