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Smithfield Aims to Reopen N. Carolina Hog Plant After Matthew | KRVN Radio

Smithfield Aims to Reopen N. Carolina Hog Plant After Matthew

Smithfield Foods Inc is working to resume operations on Thursday at the world’s largest hog processing facility in North Carolina after closing it due to Hurricane Matthew, the plant’s electric supplier said on Tuesday.

The meat company told Four County Electric Membership Corp that it wants to reopen the facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina, on Thursday if enough employees can make it to work, Gay Johnson, spokeswoman for the power supplier, told Reuters. Smithfield will have some workers report to the plant on Wednesday, she said.

Farmers also need to be able to deliver hogs to the plant for operations to resume.

Representatives of Smithfield, owned by China’s WH Group Ltd , could not immediately be reached for comment. On Monday, the company said that flooding was making the movement of employees and hogs difficult.

Smithfield shut the plant on Saturday to protect employees from Matthew, a hog supplier has said. It has a daily slaughter capacity of 32,500 hogs, according to National Hog Farmer magazine.

Steve Troxler, North Carolina’s agriculture commissioner, said operations at the facility would get back to full speed as soon as possible.

“Can they get enough hogs to the facility to be fully operational? I doubt it right now,” he told Reuters on Tuesday.


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