COLUMBUS – Cargill in Columbus dedicated it’s newly converted plant in Columbus on Thursday.
The plant was converted from a fresh ground beef plant to a cooked meats operation with the announcement of the conversion in late 2015, thanks to an $111 million dollar investment by Cargill. The plant closed for roughly a year, at which time those employees who were unable to work, were given an opportunity to learn new skills through a program at Central Community College, involving multiple other local and state entities. Kim Schumacher was essential in getting the program organized and running, said Cargill officials.
The plant will now be able to employ twice as many people as it previously did, with a maximum employment capacity of 460 employees.
The plant now produces cooked season ground beef, burger patties, meat balls, sausage links and patties, pizza toppings and hot dogs, according to a press release.
The plant supplies chains such as Taco Bell, who’s CEO Brian Niccol was present at the dedication on Thursday.
Watch more from the dedication in the video above.