JBS USA to Invest $2.7 Million in Marshalltown to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Press Release Jul 01, 2020
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Marshalltown, Iowa - Through its Hometown Strong initiative, JBS USA today announced plans to donate $2.7 million to help Marshalltown, Iowa, 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. All projects will be determined by the end of the year.

“We are proud to be part of the Marshalltown community, and we recognize our responsibility to do more than just produce food during this critical time in our country,” said Todd Carl, General Manager, JBS Marshalltown. “We want to partner closely with the community to make meaningful and lasting investments that will benefit our team members, their families and our neighbors now and in the future.”

“As Marshalltown’s largest employer, JBS has once again stepped up to make Marshalltown stronger,” said Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer. “Not only has JBS invested significant resources in protecting the workplace for its hard-working staff, it is also now contributing to make Marshalltown, more than ever, the place to work, live, learn and play.”

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.

JBS USA and Pilgrim’s anchor dozens of rural communities – operating more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods plants and employing 62,000-plus people. JBS USA and Pilgrim’s have invested more than $100 million to enhance safeguards for team members and nearly $100 million to reward them with thank-you bonuses and increased wages. This includes hiring more than 1,000 new team members to conduct additional, around-the-clock sanitation and cleaning services, and to provide education, training and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures.