JBS shutters Minnesota pork processing plant
Another pork processing plant has announced an indefinite shutdown, putting even more pressure on the supply chain. Bob Krebs, president of JBS USA Pork says the company plans to shutter its Worthington, Minnesota facility this week as they’re finding the virus is much more widespread across the US and in their county. He says the decision wasn’t made lightly and over the next two days the facility will wind down operations with a reduced staff to ensure existing product in the facility can be used to support the food supply.
The company says it will advise its employees to follow Minnesota governor Tim Walz’s stay at home order until returning to work. JBS says employees will continue to receive pay during the plant closure.
The JBS Greeley, Colorado beef production facility also remains closed, while the company’s beef production facility in Souderton, Pennsylvania reopened today.
The Worthington, Minnesota pork facility employs more than 2,000 people and processes around 20,000 hogs per day.