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Tyson Foods to Rebuild Fire-Ravaged Plant in Kansas

August 13, 2019
Image courtesy of Tyson Foods
Image courtesy of Tyson Foods

American company Tyson Foods said Monday that the company plans to rebuild its Holcomb, KS beef plant following a fire on August 9 that damaged the facility. While the firm did not offer a timeline, the plans call for the facility to be erected on the original site of the plant.

“This is a difficult time for our team members and their families, and we want to ensure they’re taken care of,” Steven Stouffer, group president of Tyson Fresh Meats, said in a company press release. “Today, we will notify our full-time, active team members that they’ll be paid weekly until production resumes.”

Additionally, some workers may receive pay for taking part in cleanup efforts at the Holcomb site. Tyson said the fire will not impact its ability to serve its customers. Powder & Bulk Solids reported that over 3800 workers are impacted by the halt of operations at the Holcomb plant.

“We’re taking steps to move production to alternative sites,” Stouffer said. “Tyson Foods has built in some redundancy to handle situations like these and we will use other plants within our network to help keep our supply chain full.”

The company currently operates six plants in Kansas. 

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