JBS extends shutdown through April 24
JBS has extended the shutdown of its Greeley beef processing facility through April 24. According to a news release, the facility will wrap up operations over the next two days with a limited staff to ensure existing product in the facility can be used to support food supply needs.
The company says it is focusing its efforts to help combat the spread of coronavirus and is advising its Greeley beef team members to shelter in place in accordance with the governor’s stay-at-home order until returning to work. JBS says it will continue to pay its team members during the plant closure.
Weld County, Colorado is experiencing a growing outbreak of COVID-19, with more than 700 cases to date. JBS is the county’s largest employer with more than 6,000 team members.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall says the closure of packing plants will have an impact on cattle and beef prices. He says the closures or slow-downs have significant regional and national implications that will ripple through the marketplace at a time when cattle producers are already suffering. Woodall says currently there is no shortage of beef available.
This is the second JBS USA plant to close temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak, the other is a beef production facility located in Souderton, PA. The company says it has also seen an uptick in absenteeism in a few other plants, but the majority of the company’s facilities across the country continue to operate at or near capacity.