CS Beef Packers began work at the plant in Kuna, Idaho on May 30. The newest meat packing facility in the country was created through a joint venture between two, family-owned businesses: the J.R. Simplot Company and Caviness Beef Packers.
“This partnership is an opportunity to combine Caviness Beef’s leadership in the meat packing industry with Simplot’s long-standing status as a leader in agriculture,” said Terry Caviness, CEO of Caviness Beef.
“Together we will help fill a void in the west by providing ranchers and dairy farmers with a state of the art beef processing plant.”
The 370,000 square foot facility will harvest cull cows and bulls from dairy farms and cattle ranches throughout the intermountain west. The plant also includes hide and rendering processing, and will process niche-fed beef programs.
The southwest Idaho location provides local and regional producers a cost-effective processing solution by eliminating the need to transport cattle hundreds of miles to more distant packing plants. There are an estimated 600,000 dairy cows and more than 600,000 beef cows in the region.
Since January, CS Beef Packers has recruited and hired employees of all experience levels to fill 700 jobs. While the team is still hiring, training for different units began in March and will continue as the facility ramps up processing.
“We haven’t just created jobs here, we’ve built long-term careers with skills training and advancement opportunities that are going to boost the local economy,” said Tom Basabe, President of Simplot Land and Livestock. “People are excited to work at one of the best, newest facilities in the industry.”
The facility launch means CS Beef Packers can begin processing a maximum of 1,700 head per day. CS Beef Packers will offer a variety of quality beef products that cover the whole spectrum of retail and food service needs.
CS Beef Packers is a collaborative created between Caviness Beef Packers and the J.R. Simplot Company. It is the newest beef processing facility in the United States with the latest technology for food safety, quality, sustainability and animal care. For more information visit http://www.csbeefpackers.com
The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot’s major operations are located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and China, with products marketed in more