MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – A JBS USA pork-processing facility in Marshalltown, Iowa was damaged by a tornado over the weekend but was operational again on July 23, according to a company official.
Cameron Bruett, a company spokesman, said the JBS USA facility will resume slaughtering operations on July 24 and expects to be working at 90 to 100 percent capacity by the end of the week.
“Any lost volume has and will be covered by production at other JBS USA facilities,” he said.
A report by the Marshalltown Times-Republican stated that 24 million lbs. of pork product were inedible after insulation and panels were ripped off two sides of the distribution center. An EF-3 tornado tore through the Marshalltown on July 19.
The report also said town officials are working with the local landfill and JBS USA on how to dispose of all the meat. The landfill also must deal with all the debris from the tornado.
Bruett said that the damage to the distribution center did result in the need to discard existing inventory but did not confirm the amount.
On July 22, JBS USA provided barbecue to 2,000 residents who had been impacted by the tornado.
“It was a great event and truly demonstrated the spirit of Marshalltown,” Bruett said. “As you drive around the city, the hashtag #MarshalltownStrong can be seen throughout and spirits are high despite the tragedy. It was a moving weekend.”