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Vernon to Lose 2,000 Jobs When Farmer John Meatpacking Plant Closes

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The facility will close its its only California site next year “due to the escalating cost of doing business” in the state

By Kailyn Brown | 13 June 2022

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE — The Farmer John meatpacking plant, one of the largest employers in the city of Vernon, will close its only California site next year “due to the escalating cost of doing business” in the state.

According to Smithfield Foods, the parent company of Farmer John, the plant will close in early 2023.

“We look at our costs on a per hog, per head basis, and the cost to process hogs in our Vernon facility, I can’t give you a precise figure but it is exorbitantly higher than the cost to process those hogs in other facilities where we operate,” Smithfield Foods corporate affairs VP Jim Monroe told Fox Los Angeles.

He added that the shutdown won’t impact customers, and that the company will continue “providing the great, healthy, nutritious products that Farmer John customers have come to expect” but from another location, the Los Angeles Times reports. […]

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