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JBS to Add Four New Lines, Hire 200 Workers at Pork Plant

April 5, 2018

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JBS to Add Four New Lines, Hire 200 Workers at Pork Plant
The JBS USA pork production plant in Beardstown, IL. Image courtesy of Google Maps

About 200 new workers will be hired at the Beardstown, IL pork plant owned by JBS USA to work on four new ham-boning production lines that will be built at the facility this year, the Jacksonville [IL] Journal-Courier reported Thursday.

“These new ham-boning lines are something JBS has wanted to add since the plant’s acquisition from Cargill in 2015,” Cameron Hays, a JBS project engineer, told the newspaper. “The demand for boned hams is always there, so JBS is adding these lines to meet customers’ demands.”

JBS USA, a subsidiary of Brazilian meat processing firm JBS S.A., purchased the plant in the fall of 2015, according to a report by the Cass County Star-Gazette. The 430,000-sq-ft plant has a capacity of over 1 billion lbs of pork/yr and 7 million 8-oz servings of pork/day, information on the company’s website said. More than 2100 workers are currently employed at the site.

Construction of the new lines is slated to commence this summer, with completion expected in September, the Journal-Courier said. A number of new staff members are needed to perform skinning, trimming, and other work along the belts of the four new lines, company officials told the newspaper.

“We are in the early stages of hiring workers for the new lines,” the firm’s human resources manager Cressa Gordley said in the Journal-Courier. “This is a great opportunity for people in this area to apply for a high-paying position, and it will be a great improvement for JBS.”

The facility produces Tender Choice brand products.

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