BPI closes three plants permanently

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, May 11, 2012

, the manufacturer of lean, finely textured beef, also called "pink slime" in the media, is permanently closing three manufacturing facilities effective May 25.

The three facilities are located in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa. BPI will keep its facility in South Sioux City, Neb., open, but it will be run at reduced capacity. The company cited decreased demand for its products as the reason for the closings.

The company suspended operations at the three plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa as media attention focused on lean, finely textured beef grew and customers stopped using the product. BPI had hoped once the media attention on the product was reduced it could reopen the three facilities.

BPI said 650 people will lose their jobs as a result of the three facility closings.