Two more Nebraska packing plants suspend operations


Two more Nebraska packing plants suspend operations

Two more Nebraska meat packing plants are suspending operations because of the coronavirus.

The Tyson pork plant at Madison and the Cargill beef plant in Schuyler both announced temporary shutdowns on Monday. The Madison plant slaughters eight-thousand pigs a day and has 12-hundred employees. The Schuyler plant processes 45-hundred head of cattle per day and employs 22-hundred people.

Cargill says it is tentatively targeting the week of May 18th to resume operation of its Schuyler plant. Tyson says its Madison plant will not reopen until results are available from testing of all of it employees.

Meanwhile, the Sioux City Journal reports Tyson’s giant beef plant in Dakota City, Nebraska has postponed its reopening as the company awaits complete results of COVID-19 tests for its workers. The plant, which has been idle since Friday, had been scheduled to restart production today.

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