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Nebraska Turkey Growers Co-op to Shut Plant

23 September 2008

NEBRASKA - A turkey processing plant with more than 200 employees in Gibbon is shutting down, and officials do not know when it will re-open.

It is something that could have a major impact on the community, according to KHASTV.

The Nebraska Turkey Growers Co–op in Gibbon says it is extending its usual three-week downtime this year. The plant will shut down after the current crop of turkeys is processed in mid December.

"We are not making any money on the turkeys at the farm and feed is costing the growers twice as much as it did two years ago and fuel is costing twice as what it was," said Bill Bevans, Turkey Growers Chairman.

The plant employs more than 200 people and is not sure when they will be able to return to work.

"We are doing everything we can to get people to stick with us. We need to keep the processing plant there and our employees so when we are ready to crank it up again we will be able to," said Mr Bevans.

Officials say they do not plan to close the plant permanently, but the future is still unknown. That uncertainty leaves businesses concerned.

"If you loose 200 people that is less business that you are going to have anyway they working hours they do not want to go to GI, Kearney to shop they will come here if they leave we will lose business," said Lisa Andrist, Foster's Family Foods.

"We are very optimistic that turkey prices will get high enough that we will be able to make money feeding again," said Bevans.

The Nebraska Turkey Growers Co–op said it hopes to be back in operation in late spring but the future is still unknown.

The plant is Gibbon's second leading employer behind Gibbon Packing Inc.

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