Missouri Prime Beef Packers took one more step toward opening by recently holding a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony. Missouri Cattlemen's Association was among those attending, in addition to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, U.S. Representative Billy Long, Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chis Chinn, officials from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Senator Sandy Crawford, Representative Mike Stephens, local government officials, and area representatives.
The 100,000 sq. ft. facility, located in Pleasant Hope, will have the capacity to process 500 head per day and will custom process cattle for a variety of niche programs that emphasize a connection between the consumer and the producer.
“Our plant is USDA inspected and has extensive food safety protocols in place to ensure the safest possible product,” said Missouri Prime Beef Packers Director of Operations Mike Schmeling. “We care about the animals, the environment, those we serve and our team members.”
Schmeling said the state-of-the-art facility is the ideal size for a processing plant for producing a quality beef product. The company looks to hire 250 people when in full production. The company has held job fairs since December and applications are also being accepted online.
With more than four decades of experience in the beef processing industry, Missouri Prime Beef Packers Chief Operating Officer Nick Paschkov said the plant is a model for future facilities, with five key components as part of its commitment to the beef industry: food safety, animal and environmental wellness, product traceability, product freshness and employee prosperity.
“From those we serve and feed to those we employ, Missouri Prime Beef Packers has a commitment to all,” said Paschkov. “Look for us to not only be a strong partner in the beef industry, but in the communities, we call home. If you have an interest in supplying cattle, buying product or seeking employment, come see us.”
Source: Missouri Cattlemen's Association