March 26, 2012
In an effort to protect our company and its family of employees from the recent unfounded and misguided attacks on our Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings, we have had to make some unfortunate and very difficult business decisions. Today we have announced that we will be temporarily suspending operations at our three plants in Garden City, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; and Waterloo, Iowa, which represents more than 650 jobs. Despite the challenges we face, we know it is nothing compared to the challenges of losing a job in today’s economy. That is why we made the decision to continue paying full salaries and benefits to all employees as we work through the immediate impact of today’s announcement. Our employees, and our local communities, deserve better treatment than we received from the national media.
In the interim, we continue to stand by our lean beef as 100% wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products, Inc. against the mischaracterizations and irresponsible misrepresentations sweeping the media landscape. I continue to encourage you to visit www.BeefIsBeef.com for the facts about Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings and for up-to-date news and information.
President & CEO, Beef Products, Inc