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Tyson Foods has begun rebuilding operations of its beef plant in Holcomb, Kansas, following a fire on August 9, which partly destroyed the site.
Officials are said to be still assessing the extent of the damage, therefore a timeline for the completion of the rebuilding is yet to be established, however, work is underway. Thanks to an efficient evacuation, no injuries were reported during the incident.
The company has committed to pay its workers until full production resumes. “This is a difficult time for our team members and their families, and we want to ensure they’re taken care of,” said Steve Stouffer, Group President of Tyson Fresh Meats. He added: “We’re taking steps to move production to alternative sites. Tyson Foods has built in some redundancy to handle situations like these and we will use other plants within our network to help keep our supply chain full.”
Tyson Foods operates six plants in Kansas, employing more than 5,600 people. In the company’s fiscal year 2018, it paid US$269 million in wages within Kansas and estimated its total economic impact in the state to be more than US$2.4 billion.