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National Beef Packing Shutters Beef Processing Plant

February 3, 2014
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National Beef Packing Co., Kansas City, Mo., announced plans to close its Brawley, Calif., beef processing facility. The last day of production is expected to be April 4. Approximately 1,300 employees working at the facility will be impacted by this closure and will be offered support, including assistance finding employment at other National Beef facilities.

A declining supply of fed cattle available for the Brawley facility was a key driver of the decision to close the plant, says Tim Klein, chief executive officer.

“This was a very difficult decision for us to make because of the impact on our employees and suppliers,” Klein adds. “We are optimistic about the long-term prospects for U.S. beef demand, and we will continue to focus on expanding our position as the industry leader in value-added beef products.”

“We have a committed, hard-working team of employees and suppliers in Brawley, and we truly understand the impact this will have on them,” says Brian Webb, vice president and general manager. “We are grateful for their service to our company, and we will work closely with them during this transition.”

National Beef has not determined the future status of the facility. National Beef acquired the Brawley facility in 2006.

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