Cargill to close Milwaukee beef harvest facility

Special to The Freeman

July 30, 2014

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 statement said.

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.