JBS Omaha, PACE Unveil Renovated Campos Soccer Complex
JBS USA is providing an update on how its Hometown Strong funds are being invested in Omaha, Neb. The company has worked closely with local leaders to identify how best to meet immediate and longer-term community needs.
Of the $990,000 investment in the Omaha community, JBS USA contributed $480,000 to make necessary upgrades to the Campos Soccer Complex in South Omaha, which provides space for free Police Athletics for Community Engagement (PACE) youth sports. The renovations included the addition of a concession stand, bathrooms, scoreboards and paved sidewalks.
“We are proud to partner with PACE to provide this new and improved facility for our young athletes,” said Karl Meyer, JBS Omaha Director of Human Resources. “We hope this state-of-the-art complex will serve our team members and neighbors for many years to come.”
JBS Omaha and PACE hosted a grand opening of the soccer complex on Wed., May 11, officially welcoming the public for recreation.
“This soccer field is one block from the JBS plant. We are forever grateful for the partnership we have established with our neighbor,” said Tony Espejo, founder of PACE. “Generations of South Omahans have benefited from the packing industry, and now JBS has provided future generations a first-class facility in their own backyard.”
To date, the company also contributed $100,000 in Hometown Strong funding to create a JBS Kid’s Café at the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands South Club.
The JBS USA beef production facility in Omaha employs more than 650 people with an annual payroll of more than $31 million. The facility supports more than 500 producers, paying them more than $275 million per year for their livestock.
Hometown Strong is a $100 million initiative that was developed to strengthen the communities where JBS operates. Funds are being directed to the communities where JBS team members live and work in the U.S. and Canada. Hometown Strong is one of the largest community investment programs of its kind.