Latest Meat packing industry Stories

2011-04-27 15:01:00

WICHITA, Kan., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill's Wichita-based pork business today announced it has completed a transaction to acquire a 21,500-acre hog production site near Dalhart, Texas, from the Premium Standard Farms LLC subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD) for approximately $33 million. The facilities, which have been idle since spring 2010, will be used to produce pigs that will be transferred to Midwest grow-out facilities after they are weaned. These pigs will...

2010-05-25 09:00:00

WICHITA, Kan., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill's U.S. meat business, headquartered in Wichita, plans to invest $14.7 million to create a new facility with research, development, culinary, laboratory, pilot plant and distribution capabilities on Wichita Street, between 1st and 2nd streets, in downtown. Named the "Cargill Innovation Center" by an employee project team, the 75,000-square-foot, two-story complex is being built for Cargill by developer Arco National Construction Company, Inc....

2009-02-17 17:10:50

U.S. meat packer Smithfield Foods said Tuesday it would close six meat packing plants and cut between 1,500 and 2,000 positions. Wherever possible, the company said, it would offer transfers to an undetermined number of employees, as it moves to improve operating efficiencies and increase utilization. The company said it would consolidate several business units and close plants in Smithfield, Va., Plant City, Fla., Elon, N.C., Great Bend, Kan., New Riegel, Ohio, and Hastings, Neb. The...

2008-09-20 12:00:41

By Jean Ortiz Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. -- A Grand Island meatpacking plant fired at least 86 workers Friday after they walked off the job amid a dispute over prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, company officials said. But a Muslim leader and one of the fired workers said 150 Muslims lost their jobs. JBS Swift & Co. spokeswoman Tamara Smid confirmed 86 firings late Friday, saying the employees were terminated earlier that day for repeatedly leaving work without...

2006-04-26 05:05:00

By Christine Stebbins CHICAGO -- In the debate about how tough the United States should be on millions of illegal immigrants, Big Agriculture is warning Americans that the $12 trillion U.S. economy could be forced to go on a big diet if illegal immigrants are restricted. Immigrants have flooded into many industries in what President George W. Bush calls "the jobs Americans don't want." Agriculture is a prime area where mostly Mexican immigrants have sent down roots so strong that companies...

2006-04-25 13:08:35

By Bob Burgdorfer CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cargill Meat Solutions, one of the nation's largest meat producers, said it will shut its major beef and pork plants on Monday, May 1, so its workers can attend the immigration rallies set for that day. The U.S. meat industry relies heavily on immigrant labor and has been supportive of legislation that would make it easier to hire immigrants. Meat production was reduced on April 10 during nationwide rallies for immigration reform. Other meat...

2006-04-07 14:36:11

By Bob Burgdorfer CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat producer, said it will reduce production for one day on Monday in response to poor market conditions and to concerns a nationwide immigration rally set for that day could affect attendance by its Hispanic workers. The meat industry relies heavily on immigrant workers to staff production facilities, and a large percentage of those workers are Hispanic. The rally advocating national immigration reform could...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'