Smithfield Foods Inc. announced the transfer of production from its San Jose, Cal., facility to other of its U.S. facilities. The closure comes seven months after Smithfield announced the closing of another meat packing facility in San Leandro, Cal., about 30 miles away.
The company said this decision is a result of a lease expiration and the projected sale of the building by the property owner. Consequently, Smithfield said it is discontinuing its operations in San Jose and has offered all employees jobs at other company locations, in addition to moving assistance.
Smithfield has communicated the facility closure to the 139 affected employees and government entities in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988. “The company is committed to assisting those impacted by this transition with a strong focus on securing job opportunities for all impacted employees – either within the Smithfield network or with other local employers,” the company noted.
Smithfield is partnering with the Workforce Development Board to explain all of the resources available through CalJOBS and is providing assistance to connect affected employees with other services like Covered California medical benefits.
Smithfield is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the U.S., the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meat categories. Popular brands include Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John Morrell, Cook’s, Gwaltney, Carando, Margherita, Curly’s, Healthy Ones, Morliny, Krakus and Berlinki.