GREELEY, COLO. – JBS USA, a unit of São Paulo, Brazil-based JBS SA, reacquired lamb processing facilities and certain assets from Mountain States Rosen, based in Greeley. The meat processor did not acquire the business.
In 2015, Mountain States Rosen, purchased the Greeley lamb plant from JBS.
JBS said they successfully bid on the facility during a bankruptcy auction on July 16 and anticipated closing in the coming days. The company spokesperson said that
“As a part of our continued commitment to invest in the city of Greeley, JBS USA made the decision to acquire the facility previously owned and operated by Mountain States Rosen out of bankruptcy through an auction process,” said Cameron Bruett, JBS spokesperson. “Mountain States Rosen recently filed for bankruptcy in April and liquidated its assets, including the facility in Greeley.”
Mountain States Lamb Cooperative is a producer-owned marketing cooperative based in Douglas, Wyo., with members in 15 states. The co-op began marketing lamb in 2003.
According to a report by the Greeley Tribune, 212 employees will be laid off from the Greeley Mountain States facility.
JBS plans on making the facility operational in the future.
“We intend to further invest in the facility and reopen as a value-added beef operation which will create new jobs in our hometown of Greeley,” Bruett said. “The acquisition presents an exciting opportunity to provide value-added and premium, retail ready beef products to consumers in Colorado and across the United States.”