Future unclear for hundreds of meat packers in SW Minn.

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Hundreds of workers in southwestern Minnesota are awaiting word on whether a recent company purchase will affect the town's meatpacking plant.

Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, one of the country’s largest pork producers, is being sold to Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings for roughly $4.7 billion in cash, Reuters reports. The deal is the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese company.

Smithfield, a competitor of Austin, Minn.-based Hormel Foods, owns a meat processing plant in St. James, Minn., that makes sliced luncheon meats, Minnesota Public Radio notes.

The plant employs more than 400 workers. It's considered "vitally important" to the economic health of the area.

"It would be devastating if they were to not stay here and continue," St. James Mayor Gary Sturm told MPR.

Smithfield also operates a major meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., that employs more than 3,400 workers.

Next Up

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 2017

Owner closes JUUT in Uptown, cites 'escalating crime and violence'

JUUT is closed after 35 years at the Hennepin and Lake Street location.

Randy Dobnak

Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

Randy Dobnak's six earned runs was part of a long afternoon.

Seimone Augustus

Lynx to retire jerseys of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson next season

The former Lynx stars were a key piece of their four WNBA titles.

police tape, crime scene

Rushford police officer fires gun during report of a restraining order violation

The incident occurred on Highway 30 near the Rushford Municipal Airport.

lake water

18-year-old dies from drowning in Quarry Park

The incident is one of several drownings to occur in Minnesota in recent weeks.

Screen Shot 2021-06-13 at 8.28.44 AM

College pitcher from MN gets new prosthetic arm after his was stolen

A tough luck story turned out very positive for the Hawley native.

vaccine, covid

MN saw decline in routine child vaccinations amid pandemic

The CDC study looked at Minnesota and nine other states.

Water

Child hospitalized after drowning in Ham Like

Their current condition is not known.

Related

SW Minn. dairy plant to close, eliminating 130 jobs

Associated Milk Producers Inc., based in New Ulm, plans to shut down its manufacturing facility in Dawson by the end of the year, the West Central Tribune reports. The soon-to-be idled plant has about 130 workers and primarily produces cheese sauces and puddings.