ZEELAND — An employer in Zeeland has invested $150,000 in a facility upgrade to better focus on the health and safety of its staff.

Tyson Foods completed the facility upgrade in January, according to a statement from the company.

The occupational health center includes a waiting area with sound barriers for privacy and a separate COVID-19 testing room equipped with a standalone, hospital-grade HEPA filtration unit.

The waiting area is currently arranged for up to six team members and will be suitable for up to 20 employees post-COVID. The current testing room will also be repurposed as a third exam room.

In addition to the health center, the plant has added $2 million to its budget to support additional protective measures, including the hiring of two full-time nurses, a more robust approach to on-site testing and the hiring of additional cleaning staff.

The investments are part of a company-wide move to fight COVID-19 by “taking comprehensive steps to protect team members.”

“The remodeled occupational health area is part of our long-term commitment to protecting our team members’ health and safety,” said Zeeland Plant Manager Dale Miller. “It enhances our ability to conduct proactive testing of our team members while providing a more efficient working environment for our medical staff.”

In total, Tyson Foods has spent $540 million to mitigate the affect of COVID-19 across its plants in the U.S. The company recently appointed Dr. Claudia Coplein as its chief medical officer, a new role for the business.

Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food companies. It was founded in 1935 and includes brands like Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and Ball Park.