JBS Presents Over $1.2 Million in Funding to Five Hyrum Projects as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Press Release Apr 22, 2021
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JBS Hyrum recently presented checks totaling more than $1.2 million to support five projects in Hyrum, Utah, through the company’s Hometown Strong program.

In September 2020, JBS USA announced a $1.7 million investment in Hyrum, Utah. JBS USA has been working with local leaders to determine where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs.

The company has selected five Hometown Strong recipients to date:

  • The English Language Center received $220,000 to fund operating costs and purchase 100 Chromebooks for remote English language learning.
  • The Cache Refugee and Immigration Connection received $174,000 for their Walk-In-Hours program, which provides case management services to refugees and other displaced persons. These funds will go toward hiring two additional case workers and two years of office rent.
  • The City of Hyrum received $425,000 to fund the completion of a community bike and skate park at Blacksmith Fork Park.
  • The City of Hyrum also received $42,000 to install bleachers at the Hyrum Rodeo Grounds, which is used for high school, community and professional rodeos.
  • The Cache Education Foundation received $345,000 to help the school district continue its after school programs, hire two teachers and two para-professionals, as well as provide snacks and supplies for the students and staff.

“These impactful local investments will result in numerous benefits for our team members and our neighbors in the community,” said Darren Olsen, JBS Hyrum general manager. “The good work being done by these organizations and the City of Hyrum help make our hometown a better place to live, and we are proud to partner with them.”

“JBS continues to be an important business in Hyrum City,” said Stephanie Miller, Hyrum mayor. “They provide well-paying jobs and contribute in various ways to our community. The recent contributions to our park, rodeo arena, and schools will benefit many for years to come. Hyrum City appreciates the good working relationship we have with JBS!” 

"We appreciate the generous donation from JBS to Cache County School District,” said Steven Norton, Cache County School District superintendent. “Over the next three years, these funds will be braided with other grant money to provide a more robust extended-day program that will focus on supporting students in the areas of language arts and math. We are grateful for our partnership with JBS and their investment in the children of our communities."

The JBS USA Hyrum beef production facility employs more than 1,300 people with an annual payroll of more than $60 million. The facility supports more than 100 producers, paying them nearly $900 million per year for their livestock.

Hometown Strong is a national $50 million initiative that adds to commitments JBS USA has made this year to protect employees and ensure their job security amid the global pandemic. Hometown Strong is one of the largest community investment programs of its kind in the country.