Global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company Cargill recently announced it soon plans to temporary idle two protein processing facilities for scheduled maintenance. Each facility’s idling is unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company noted.
On Feb. 4, Cargill will idle its Dodge City, Kan. location and on March 18, the company will idle its Schuyler, Neb. facility. The Dodge City facility has a daily processing capacity of 5,200 head while the Schuyler facility has a capacity of 5,100 head per day. Both sites are primary processing operations and will be down for approximately one week to perform previously scheduled maintenance of the refrigeration systems, the company said.
“We have been in communication with producers in advance of the idling to work with them to ship cattle to other facilities within our robust supply chain or make accommodations to process as many cattle before the maintenance work commences,” said Jarrod Gillig, supply chain lead for Cargill’s North American protein business. “We will continue to fulfill all customer orders and do not anticipate disruptions to their operations.”
Working in partnership with each local union chapter, Cargill employees will be paid during the idle time as outlined in their collective agreement. To prevent food waste, each facility will process all cattle on site before the temporary idling begins.
“We greatly appreciate our employees who are working to complete this effort,” said Gillig.