National Beef to close Californian site

By Georgi Gyton

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The National Beef Packing Company is to close its Californian processing facility in April.

The closure of the site follows the declining supply of fed cattle available for the facility in Brawley, which it acquired in 2006. Approximately 1,300 employees will be affected by the closure, and will be offered help, including finding employment at other National Beef facilities, said the firm.

Tim Klein, chief executive officer, National Beef, said: "This was a very difficult decision for us to make because of the impact on our employees and suppliers. We are optimistic about the long-term prospects for US beef demand and we will continue to focus on expanding our position as the industry leader in value-added beef products."

Brian Webb, vice-president and general manager, National Beef, said the processor understood the impact the closure would have on its hardworking team of employees and suppliers.

The last day of production is expected to be 4 April 2014.

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