Colo. Flooding Prompts JBS to Cancel Beef Shifts, Business as Usual at Lamb Plant
September 20, 2013
Severe flooding in Colorado sparked JBS USA to cancel Monday's shifts at its beef plant in Greeley, Colo., with workers being advised to stay home, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report, which quoted a JBS human resources supervisor and a public information officer in Weld County.
The lamb plant, however, was business as usual.
"We are dealing with wet and muddy lambs but everything else is normal," stated Kevin Quam, lamb-plant manager for JBS.
According to Quam, lamb processing is as current as it has been in a very long time with processors scrambling to find lambs to slaughter. The supply of jumbo lambs has been cleaned up and JBS's frozen inventory level is a fraction of what it was a year ago.
Because of the increase in need created by the flooding in Weld County, JBS USA announced on Tuesday it would match dollar-for-dollar the contributions its employees make to the annual United Way of Weld County campaign. In addition, the executive team has donated $40,000 to the American Red Cross to help with immediate efforts during the flood relief.