JBS expansion includes apartments for workers
December 10, 2010
by Meat&Poultry Staff
CACTUS, Texas – Construction work at JBS USA’s beef-processing plant in Cactus, Texas, is under way as the company’s $209 million investment to build a refrigerated warehouse and renovate cattle pens and its fabrication facilities comes to fruition. The company is also building an apartment complex near the plant that will eventually include 468 units, according to the Amarillo Globe News. City officials say the investment establishes the city as a viable business center.
“For the city of Cactus, that project reinforces its ability to establish its identity,” said Mike Running, executive director of the Dumas Economic Development Corp., which promotes Moore County’s business projects.
The apartment complex site, located across town from the plant, was formerly land used for equestrian training, said Steve Schmidt-Witcher, city manager.
“Building the apartments has been a learning curve on communication between public and private,” he said. JBS owns and will eventually manage the apartments, pending approval. “We have 156 units they can't rent because we haven't gotten our grant approved."