A declining supply of fed cattle available for the Brawley facility was a key driver of the decision to close the plant, said Tim Klein, CEO, National Beef. “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.”

“We have a committed, hard-working team of employees and suppliers in Brawley, and we truly understand the impact this will have on them,” said Brian Webb, Vice President and General Manager, National Beef. “We are grateful for their service to our company and we will work closely with them during this transition.”

National Beef has not determined the future status of the facility. National Beef acquired the Brawley facility in 2006.