JBS USA to Invest $1.7 Million in Hyrum to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Press Release Sep 10, 2020
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Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $1.7 million to help Hyrum, Utah, respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future.

JBS USA is working with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs in three key areas: food insecurity, community infrastructure and well-being, and COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts. All projects will be determined by the end of the year. Community members may send suggested proposals for investment to hometownstrong@jbssa.com.

“Producing food for our country every day is something we are extremely proud of, but through the Hometown Strong initiative we’re going to be able to do even more for our community,” said Darren Olsen, JBS Hyrum Plant General Manager. “Our focus during the past few months has been on the health and safety of our team members, and we are humbled to now partner with our hometown to make meaningful contributions and look toward the future.”

“JBS is a great business to have in Hyrum,” said Hyrum Mayor Stephanie Miller. “They provide employment that brings well-paying jobs helping their employees to take care of their families. Through the years they have been supportive with services and commodities for city events. I am appreciative of the working partnership we have with them. We are fortunate to have JBS as part of our community!”

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. Consistent with its long-term commitment to the local economy, JBS USA Hyrum has invested more than $72 million in capital improvements over the last five years.

JBS USA anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods plants and employing 62,000-plus people. Funds are being directed to every community JBS USA calls home.

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. Visit hometownstrong.jbssa.com to learn more.