UPDATE 9:35:41 AM
BRAWLEY – Imperial Valley Ad Hoc Committee met with representatives of National Beef this Monday morning.
The committee presented the package of incentives that was put together to attempt to forestall the closure of National Beef.
The meeting was over an hour long with both parties posing and answering questions pertaining to the three topics of concern; cattle supply, utility costs, and wastewater compliance.
National Beef has agreed to give a response to the committee’s incentive package Wednesday.
BRAWLEY – Imperial Valley Ad Hoc Committee members have completed a response package for National Beef.
The response package has been put together by a committee made up of members of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, Imperial Irrigation Board of Directors, Brawley City Council, and local cattleman in an attempt to stop the closure of National Beef Packing Company in Brawley that was announced January 31.
The plant will close April 4.
If a solution cannot be reached, thousands of jobs and business will be impacted throughout the Valley upon the closing.
The main reason for the closure has been verified by National Beef as the short supply of cattle to harvest and process at the Brawley facility.
“We have our package,” said Imperial County Board of Supervisor Ryan Kelley. “It’s ready and we’re going to share it Monday morning via a conference call with National Beef in Kansas City. When we were notified of the closure, we asked if there was anything we could do to prevent the closure. We were told that the cattle supply, the utility costs, and regulation compliance all had to be addressed. We believed we have all 3 concerns addressed in this package. We are very hopeful. After the Monday meeting with National we will let the public know what was offered. we’d like everyone to keep their thoughts and prayers going.”