Empirical Foods to Bring 300 Jobs to Garden City, KS. The empirical family of companies, formerly known as Beef Products Inc. (BPI), announced on Dec. 23 that it will start constructing a new ground beef facility in Garden City, Kansas. The new facility plans to supplement the company’s existing production in South Sioux City, Nebraska. When the location is fully operational, the Garden City facility will more than double empirical’s ground beef production and employ around 300 employees in the Garden City area. The company plans to break ground on the new operation during the first quarter of 2020. The plant is expected to be finished between 2022-2023.