OEDC Board, Guests Tour JBS Pork
Thursday, March 07, 2019
JBS Plant Manager Troy Mulgrew will tell you the "dark days are over" and that JBS is a safe, open, and welcoming company that plays a critical role in the economic fabric of Ottumwa. "We'll greet any group that has an interest in seeing the production facility from the inside out" says Mulgrew, adding that the change in workplace culture has led Ottumwa to be one of the largest producing, safest facilities throughout the U.S. That status has been rewarded with over $70 million in capital improvements since 2015.
On February 19th, OEDC board members and 15 invited guests, including Wapello County Supervisors, IHCC, Congressman Loebsack's office, and Community 1st Credit Union management toured the facility for about an hour after its regular board meeting also hosted on-site. From trimming to smokehouse to slicing and packaging, the group was guided through the production process of making ham, roasts, and of course, bacon!
From the early days of John Morrell to the 3-year ownership by JBS, one thing is clear- they produce some of the highest quality and quantity of pork products in the world. Consider these facts:
- JBS harvests 21,000 hogs every day leading to an overall $1 billion spent on hog procurement in Iowa every year
- JBS employs 2,482 people; a workforce that represents nearly 50 countries of the world and has a $110 million annual payroll. They are Ottumwa's largest employer- 3 times as many workers as the second largest employer, Ottumwa Regional Health Center
- The facility is over 550,000 square feet which sits on 10 acres of ground on S. Iowa Ave.
- JBS is represented by United Food & Commercial Workers Local #230
As part of JBS's hospitality, a BLT lunch buffet was provided.