MILWAUKEE — Cargill
said Wednesday it’s closing its beef harvest facility in Milwaukee,
resulting in the loss of 600 jobs.
The facility will close Friday and is the result of a tight cattle
supply caused by producers retaining cattle for herd expansion,
according to a statement. The ground beef plant, 200 S. Emmber Lane,
will remain open, employing approximately 200 people.
Cargill’s six other U.S. beef harvest plants are unaffected, the
For the more than 600 people impacted at the plant, Cargill will be
offering opportunities and assistance to fill positions at other
company locations in the region, the statement said.
“Closing our Milwaukee beef plant is taking place only after we
conducted an 18-month-long analysis of the region’s cattle supply
and examined all other possible options,” said John Keating,
president of Cargill Beef.
Minneapolis-based Cargill will continue to honor its community
commitments in Milwaukee through the end of 2014.