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Update: List of Current Plant Closures Due to COVID-19

Plant Closures

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to monitor the situation and its impacts on plant operations. Below is a list of plants that have announced disruptions so far (listed in reverse chronological order) -- we will continue to update as new information becomes available. 

  

Beef Plant Closures: 

Cargill in Schuyler, NE: On May 4th, the company announced the temporary closure of its Schuyler facility to deep clean. The plant is tentatively working towards reopening the week of May 18th. The facility can process around 4,800 head per day. 

Cargill in Milwaukee, WI (processing plant): The Cargill hamburger processing plant was temporarily closed on May 6th due to coronavirus concerns. The facility employs around 200 people. 

 

Beef Plants Reopened:

Tyson in Wallula, WA: On April 23rd, Tyson announced that operations at its facility near Pasco were halted to test all employees. The facility resumed limited operations on May 5th. The plant employs around 1,400 people and can process about 2,300 head per day.

JBS in Green Bay, WI: As of April 22nd, at least 147 cases of coronavirus were linked to the Green Bay plant. On Sunday, April 26th, the company announced the temporary closure of the facility. The plant resumed limited operations on May 5th. The facility can process about 900 head per day. 

Tyson in Dakota City, NE: On April 22nd, a labor union official said the plant had 23 workers who tested positive for the coronavirus, with more test results pending. The plant was closed on May 1st for deep cleaning. The plant resumed limited operations on May 7th. The facility can process around 6,000 head per day.

Aurora Packing Company in Aurora, IL: Around April 13th, the beef plant was temporarily closed due to coronavirus concerns and has since reopened. The facility can process around 600 head per day. 

JBS in Greeley, CO: On April 12th, JBS announced it closed its Greeley facility for deep cleaning after dozens of employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The plant resumed operations on Monday, April 27th. The facility can process about 5,400 head per day.

National in Tama, IA: The company shuttered operations on April 11th after numerous employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility reopened Monday, April 20th. The plant can process about 1,100 head per day. 

CTI Foods in King of Prussia, PA (processing plant): Around April 10th, the hamburger grinding plant was closed due to coronavirus concerns. Wendell Young IV, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, said the plant has since been reopened. 

National in Dodge City, KS: On April 8, National Beef announced its first positive coronavirus case. The facility closed Thursday, April 16th through Tuesday, April 21st. The plant can process around 5,200 head per day.

Cargill in Hazelton, PA (processing plant): On April 7th, it was announced that Cargill suspended operations at its Hazelton, Pa. facility to minimize the risk of spread between its employees. This location produces items such as ground beef and steaks and resumed operations on April 20th. 

JBS in Souderton, PA: On March 31st, the JBS Souderton, Pa. plant “temporarily reduced production because several senior management team members have displayed flu-like symptoms”. The plant reopened Monday, April 20th. The facility can process about 2,500 head per day.   

 

Beef Plants Under Watch: 

Central Valley Meat Co Inc in Hanford, CA: On April 26th, it was confirmed that several employees tested positive for the coronavirus. 138 cases have been confirmed as of May 7th. The facility employs around 900 people and can process around 1,500 head per day. 

JBS in Grand Island, NE: On April 21st, roughly 237 cases of coronavirus were reported at the Grand Island plant. The facility has reduced production due to absenteeism. The plant employs around 3,600 people and can process about 5,200 head per day.

WR Reserve in Lincoln, NE (processing plant): On April 14th, it was announced that at least ten workers tested positive for the coronavirus at the beef processing plant. The facility is located in Hastings, just south of Grand Island where positive cases were reported at a JBS plant.

Cargill in Fort Morgan, CO: On April 3rd, At least 102 workers at the Cargill facility tested positive for the coronavirus. The plant is reducing shifts in order to minimize the risk of spread. The location employs around 2,100 people and can process about 4,700 head per day.

 

In Canada:

Cargill in High River, Alta.: On Monday, April 20th, the High River plant announced it will temporarily close due to a coronavirus outbreak. During normal operations, the plant can slaughter 4,000 to 4,500 head per day with two shifts, more than one-third of Canada's beef processing capacity. The company reopened the facility with one shift of workers on May 4th.

JBS in Brooks, Alta.: As of Monday, April 20th at least 96 positive coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the JBS plant in Brooks, Alta. The plant remains open but is operating at slowed capacity. As of May 4th, 469 cases have been confirmed at the plant 

Harmony Beef in Alberta, Canada: The plant halted its cattle slaughter operations on March 27 for two days after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus. The facility can process 750 head per day.

The three plants mentioned above represent about three-quarters of Canada's beef suppliers. 

 

Pork Plant Closures: 

Tyson in Madison, NE (indefinitely closed): On May 4th the company announced that it will indefinitely suspend operations at the facility for deep cleaning. The facility employs around 1,200 people and can process about 8,000 head per day. 

Smithfield in St. Charles, IL (processing facility, indefinitely closed): On April 25th, the dry sausage facility indefinitely closed. One employee died from the coronavirus. 

Quality Sausage in Dallas, TX (processing facility, indefinitely closed): On Friday, April 24th, the company announced that the processing plant was indefinitely closed. All employees will be tested for the coronavirus. 

Redwood Farms Meats Processors in Estherville, IA (indefinitely closed): On April 20th, the company announced that it is indefinitely suspending operations at its processing facility out of precaution. One employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility can process around 2,200 head per day. 

Smithfield in St.Charles, IL (processing facility): According to Smithfield, the company has stalled production on a rolling basis since April 19th. The plant is a dry sausage facility and employs around 325 people. A reopening date has not been issued. 

Smithfield in Martin City, MO (processing plant): The Missouri processing plant indefinitely closed on Wednesday, April 15th. The plant employs around 400 people and produces spiral and smoked hams. The facility receives supplies from the indefinitely closed Sioux Falls, Smithfield plant. 

 

Pork Plants Reopened: 

Indiana Packing Corp. in Delphi, IN: On Friday, April 24th, Indiana Packing Corp. announced that their Delphi facility will be closed for at least two weeks. Operations were shuttered on Monday, April 27th. The plant was slated to reopen around May 8th and can process around 17,300 head per day. 

Tyson in Waterloo, IA: On Thursday, April 16th, an outbreak was reported at the Tyson plant in Waterloo. On Tuesday, April 22nd, the company announced plans to indefinitely suspend operations. The plant resumed production at 50% on May 6th. The facility employs around 2,700 people and can process about 19,000 head per day.

Smithfield in Sioux Falls, SD: On Sunday, April 12th, Smithfield closed its Sioux Falls plant after hundreds of employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility resumed limited operations on May 4th for two departments: ground seasoned pork and night cleanup. The harvest floor will reopen on May 11, 2020 and the company anticipates that the facility will be fully operational by late May. The plant can process about 19,500 head per day, which represents 4% to 5% of U.S. pork production.  

Smithfield in Monmouth, IL: On Friday, April 24th, Smithfield announced that it will suspend operations. The facility resumed production on Saturday, May 2nd. The plant can process around 12,600 head per day.

JBS in Worthington, MN: On Monday, April 20th, JBS announced the indefinite closure of its Worthington plant following a coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, April 29th, the company partially reopened "to provide producers with a humane euthanasia option for market hogs during the coronavirus pandemic". The facility resumed limited operations on Wednesday, May 6th. The plant can process around 20,000 head per day. 

Smithfield in Tar Heel, NC: Industry sources reported that the Tar Heel processing plant was closed the week ending May 3rd. The plant has resumed operations with new modifications including "thermal scanning companywide" and "other physical barriers on production floors and in break rooms.” This is the largest facility in the United States with a capacity of around 33,500 head per day. 

Tyson in Logansport, IN: The plant stopped all production on Saturday, April 25th following a coronavirus outbreak. The facility resumed limited production on May 7th. The plant can process around 15,400 head per day.

Smithfield in Crete, NE: On Tuesday, April 28th, the company announced that the plant will be reducing hours and production. The facility can process around 10,450 head per day. 

Prime Pork in Windom, MN: On Tuesday, April 21st, Prime Pork announced it will temporarily close its Windom plant for deep cleaning. Prime Pork was slated to resume operations on Friday, April 24th, but production of some pork products was suspended until the week of May 4th. The facility can process around 5,200 head per day. 

Hormel Foods Corp. in Rochelle, IL, and Alma, KS (processing plants): On Monday, April 20th, two manufacturing plants under Hormell Foods Corp. closed due to a coronavirus outbreak. The Rochelle location produces items including bacon and lunch meat. The Alma location manufactures meals under the Saucy Blues foodservice brand. Both facilities were slated to reopen on May 4th. 

Tyson in Perry, IA: Tyson halted operations at its Perry location on Monday, April 20th for deep cleaning. The facility has since reopened and can process around 7,600 head per day. 

Burgers' Smokehouse in California, MO (processing plant): On Thursday, April 16th, the company closed their facility after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The company is the largest producer of country ham in the United States. The facility was slated to reopen Thursday, April 30th.

Smithfield in Cudahy, WIS (processing plant): The Wisconsin processing plant closed on Wednesday, April 15th due to coronavirus concerns. The facility produces bacon and sausage and was slated to reopen May 4th.

Fresh Mark in Salem, OH (processing plant): On Saturday, April 11th, the processing plant temporarily closed for deep cleaning. The facility produces items such as bacon, ham, and deli meats. The processing plant reopened Monday, April 20th.  

Tyson in Columbus Junction, IA: On Monday, April 6th, Tyson announced that its Columbus Junction plant was suspending operations after more than two dozen employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility can process about 10,100 head per day. Tyson resumed limited operations on Monday, April 21st. 

 

Pork Plants Under Watch: 

Rantoul Foods in Rantoul, IL: All employees will begin undergoing testing on May 8th. The plant can process around 7,400 head per day.

JBS in Beardstown, IL: On May 6th 30 cases of coronavirus were reported at the plant. The facility can process around 21,000 head per day. 

Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, MO: On May 1st, more than 100 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed at the facility. The plant can process around 21,500 head per day. 

Calumet Diversified Meats Inc in Pleasant Prairie, WI (processing facility): On April 28th, it was announced that one employee from the Pleasant Prairie plant had died from the coronavirus. The facility is one of the leading processors of pork products in Southern Wisconsin.

Smithfield in Clinton, NC: On April 28th, it was announced that five employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility can process around 10,600 head per day. 

JBS in Louisville, KY: On April 27th, 34 cases of the coronavirus and one death was reported at the facility. The plant can process around 10,000 head per day. 

JBS in Marshalltown, IA: On Tuesday, April 21st, it was announced that 34 employees at the Marshalltown plant tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility can process around 21,000 head per day and remains open. 

Prestage Foods in Eagle Grove, IA: On Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th, it was confirmed that sixteen employees tested positive for the coronavirus at the plant. The facility can process around 10,000 head per day. 

Seaboard in Guymon, OK: Seaboard confirmed its first positive coronavirus case at its Guymon location on Monday, April 13th. On May 4th it was announced over 100 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The plant is still currently operating and can process about 19,600 head per day. 

 

In Canada:

Conestoga Meats in Breslau, Ontario: The plant was closed during the week of April 27 to May 1. Processing at the plant was slated to resume on May 4th and cutting on May 5th. 

Olymel in Yamachiche, Quebec: The plant closed on March 29 for two weeks after nine workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility employs about 1,000 people and can process about 28,000 head per week.

 

Poultry Plant Closures:

Tyson in Robards, KY: On April 29th, Tyson announced it will temporarily close its Robards facility April 30th through May 3rd for deep cleaning after 71 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The plant employs more than 1,300 line workers. 

Hormel Foods in Willmar, MN (indefinitely closed): On April 24th, Hormel Foods' Jennie-O Turkey Store announced that it was temporarily closing two facilities in Minnesota after 14 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The company is working on plans to reopen the Willmar Avenue plant and a facility in Melrose. 

Sanderson Farms in Moultrie, GA: On April 2nd, it was announced that Sanderson Farms was reducing chicken processing to 1 million birds a week from 1.3 million over the next four weeks at its Moultrie facility. 

 

Poultry Plants Reopened:

Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, MN: On May 7th, the company announced that it has reopened its Benson Avenue plant. 

Miller Poultry in Orland, IN: The facility closed for one day on May 4th as a precautionary measure while awaiting coronavirus test results for its employees. 

Tyson in Shelbyville, TN: On April 23rd, it was announced that the chicken processing plant will close for several days after 76 workers tested positive for the coronavirus.  The plant was slated to reopen on April 28th. 

West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, IA: On April 10th, the processing plant closed for three days after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The plant processes turkey, beef, pork, and chicken for foodservice and retail. The facility reopened on April 14th. 

Empire Kosher Poultry in Mifflintown, PA: On April 3rd, the chicken processing plant closed for two weeks after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility reopened Monday, April 20th. 

 

Poultry Plants Under Watch:

Butterball in Winston-Salem, NC: On April 27th, it was announced that 52 employees tested positive for the coronavirus at the turkey processing plant. 

Pilgrim's Pride in Sanford, NC: On April 27th, tt was confirmed that at least one employee tested positive at the chicken plant. 

Fieldale Farms in Cornelia, Ga: On April 23rd, it was announced that the processing plant had over 40 cases of the coronavirus. 

Mountaire Farms in Siler City, NC: On April 22nd, it was announced that employees of the Mountaire Farms poultry processing plant had tested positive for the coronavirus and were sent home to recuperate.

 

In Canada:

United Poultry Co. Ltd. in Victoria, Vancouver: On April 21st, the chicken processing plant was closed after 28 workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The facility will be closed until at least May 5th. 

Maple Leaf Foods in Hamilton, Ontario: On April 8th, Maple Leaf Foods suspended operations for eight days after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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