Some of the 2,000 employees who will lose their jobs once the Cargill plant closes in Plainview, Texas at the end of the week may end up in South Dakota at the new Northern Beef Packers facility.
The Aberdeen News reports recruited from Northern Beef were sent to Plainview, Texas seeking employees for a mix of jobs ranging from experienced meat cutters to workers who can be trained. The new beef packing plant doesn’t have a lot of experienced workers near home, so recruiters are meeting with an experienced work force that will soon be in need of a job.
Northern Beef is looking to add 150 employees to its current staff of 401. Northern Beef opened in the fall of 2012 after a lengthy delay and plans to scale up production in 2013 and 2014.
The Western Producers reports the facility will process up to 1,500 cattle per day at the $109 million plant in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The facility will draw cattle from producers in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and possibly Canada.
While the national cattle herd has fallen to the smallest in 60 years, South Dakota cattle supplies have remained fairly steady. Reuters reports the U.S. cattle as of January 1, 2012, was 90.8 million head, down 2 percent from 2011, and the smallest since 88.1 million in 1952.