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Butterball to Close Longmont Plant

by 5m Editor
16 September 2011, at 9:06am

US – Turkey processor Butterball is to close its Longmont, Colorado processing plant at the end of December.

The company said it is making the move because of increased grain and other input costs and to streamline operations.

“The decision to close a facility is one of the most difficult decisions a company can make. After long and careful consideration, amid record high ingredient costs, our company has come to the conclusion that we must take these steps in order to improve our overall effectiveness.” said Rod Brenneman, president and chief executive officer of Butterball, LLC.

“With this country’s current economic situation, it is all the more difficult. However, government ethanol subsidies and record high fuel prices for much of 2010 and 2011 contributed to a major increase in our operating costs and the closure of this facility is necessary to streamline our operations and accommodate current and projected demands.”

Over the past five years, Butterball’s increase in costs related to higher feed ingredient commodity markets (corn, soybean meal, fat, etc.) has averaged nearly $65 million per year, or $325 million total.

Butterball is working with associates at the Longmont facility to provide career counselling and discuss job opportunities at other locations throughout company operations as well as offer additional support through employee assistance programmes.