LONGMONT, Colo. – Sept. 14, 2011 – Butterball, LLC today announced the closure of the Longmont, Colo. facility, effective December 31, 2011. This action is necessary due to increased grain and other input costs, and to streamline operations.
"The decision to close a facility is one of the most difficult decisions a company can make. After long and careful consideration, amid record high ingredient costs, our company has come to the conclusion that we must take these steps in order to improve our overall effectiveness." said Rod Brenneman, president and chief executive officer of Butterball, LLC. "With this country's current economic situation, it is all the more difficult. However, government ethanol subsidies and record high fuel prices for much of 2010 and 2011 contributed to a major increase in our operating costs and the closure of this facility is necessary to streamline our operations and accommodate current and projected demands."
Over the past five years, Butterball's increase in costs related to higher feed ingredient commodity markets (corn, soybean meal, fat, etc.) has averaged nearly $65 million per year, or $325 million total.
Butterball is working with associates at the Longmont facility to provide career counseling and discuss job opportunities at different locations throughout company operations as well as offer additional support through employee assistance programs.
About Butterball, LLC:
Butterball, LLC is the largest producer of turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball produces more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year, and the company supplies its products to more than 50 countries. The industry leader has six plants located throughout the United States.