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Smithfield Foods to shutter California
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/11/2022 8:16:20 AM

VERNON, Calif. -- Meat-packing giant Smithfield Foods said Friday it will close its only California plant next year, citing the escalating cost of doing business in the state. The Farmer John meat-packing plant in Vernon, an industrial suburb south of Los Angeles, will shut down in February, with its 1,800 employees receiving severance and job placement support along with bonuses for those who choose to stay on the job until the closure, said Jim Monroe, vice president of corporate affairs. (Snip) “Our utility costs in California are 3 1/2 times higher per head than our other locations where they do


1,800 working class jobs will disappear. I guess the slaughter house employees can learn to code.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Muguy 6/11/2022 8:17:30 AM (No. 1182631)
Smithfield is owned by CHY-na
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac 6/11/2022 8:19:42 AM (No. 1182637)
#1 is correct. The Chicoms bought Smithfield.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: gop_guys 6/11/2022 8:26:16 AM (No. 1182646)
Sad that beautiful state has succumbed to socialist leaning politicians. Kali is an example of overreaching gubmint. That giant sucking sound of folks to the red states will continue to get worse.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: planetgeo 6/11/2022 8:37:00 AM (No. 1182656)
The Reconquista is proceeding according to plan in Mexifornia.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jimincalif 6/11/2022 8:45:28 AM (No. 1182668)
Perfect placement of this article, right above the one about how progressive ideology is transforming America. Cause, meet effect.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: red1066 6/11/2022 8:51:58 AM (No. 1182680)
I'm surprised a Chinese company would move out of a Chinese state.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHHolliday 6/11/2022 8:54:13 AM (No. 1182684)
California is anti-business to the max. I am not sure where they think they will get the revenue for their socialist schemes when they drive all business out of the state.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: HPmatt 6/11/2022 8:58:14 AM (No. 1182691)
Workers will be offered jobs in Silicon Valley startup producing protein from test tubes for Kaifornia vegans....tastes great in Kombucha 'protein' shakes....
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Reply 9 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/11/2022 9:07:38 AM (No. 1182705)
Common theme out in California. It's too expensive so businesses are closing their doors and leaving. The out of work employees can always go on welfare. Somebody will pay for it...
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Reply 10 - Posted by: mean Gene 6/11/2022 9:16:36 AM (No. 1182720)
Farmer John made the BEST bacon, ham and dogs. When we moved out of state I really missed them.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: TJ54 6/11/2022 9:27:58 AM (No. 1182735)
Maybe a few more Drag Queen Shows will make up the difference!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 6/11/2022 9:27:59 AM (No. 1182736)
Bought out by China, now shutting down US jobs.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: GoodDeal 6/11/2022 9:37:10 AM (No. 1182755)
All part of the plan to run up energy costs and create food shortages.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: berthabutt 6/11/2022 10:50:49 AM (No. 1182846)
No worries! The Soylent Gree---I mean - VeganLabMeatCorp will soon be pumping out their daily protein portions in herb flavored Herb or buffalo wing Patty patties. Enjoyed with their state sanctioned Merlot or Chablis, Union produced, of course.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/11/2022 11:15:55 AM (No. 1182869)
California bites it again Tax Tax Tax Spend Spend Spent
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 6/11/2022 11:41:49 AM (No. 1182896)
So, two issues. One is California's horrible environment for business, actively ANTI-business. The other is that China own's Smithfield (why we will not buy anything from Smithfield any more) and is likely trying to destroy US competition to China. It's sad to see this company bought by China because I remember living in Virginia many years ago when the locally made Smithfield hams were just excellent quality old fashioned style smoked hams. That was when a "Virginia ham" meant a very well smoked, salt cured ham We had a farmer neighbor when my parents lived in rural Virginia in the 1970s who raised his own hogs and cured and smoke his own hams. He would sell my mother one per year. I went one time to pick it up from Mr. Woolfolk, then about 80 years old, and he went over to a low shedlike structure built onto the side of his nice white clapboard barn, the salt shed exterior wall came up to about chest height, and it had a shed roof, hinged at the building, shingled. He lifted the roof, reached in and dug around in 4 feet of pure salt, and pulled out a ham, brushing off the excess salt. He had at least a dozen more in there all buried in salt, curing, after weeks of smoking in his nearby smoke house. These large, whole, skin on hams needed to be boiled with two changes of water a large boiler. Then it was ready to slice and eat, the boiling got out the excess salt from the cure. The meat was a dark red color, super tender, almost melt in your mouth and had a unique rich smoky taste. Smithfield hams used be sold in all the small country stores in central Virginia, in coarse cloth bags, they hung from the overhead beams, and would last literally for a year or two stored hung in the air like that. And now it's a big company, owned by China making ordinary foods to Chinese standards. No thanks.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Catherine 6/11/2022 12:25:08 PM (No. 1182940)
For those of us paying attention, farmer's fields are being burned, food production factories are being burned to the ground, million of 'sick' chickens have been killed, and so on. Yep, there will be a food shortage brought to you by democrats who are all crazy. Then there is Gates who wants most of us to die anyway because there are too many of us on His planet.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: subal 6/11/2022 12:28:19 PM (No. 1182944)
Vernon, CA is a small industrial town in south LA. Loss of this plant will heavenly damage the town's income. But then, that's the CA way!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: JubilationTCornpone 6/11/2022 12:36:55 PM (No. 1182954)
Look up Proposition 12 and you’ll understand why no pork will be sold in California any more.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 6/11/2022 2:27:08 PM (No. 1183045)
Democrat staffers in the capitol building in Sacramento will be giving hi-fives and toasting the news with usual when a company leaves California.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 6/11/2022 3:38:01 PM (No. 1183089)
Re #19, I looked up Cal Prop 12. How stupid! Requires 24 square feet PER PIG for breeding pigs. Ok, a mother hog will typically have 7 or 8 piglets, can easily have 10+. Say they have 8 piglets and the momma hog in an indoor pen. That is 9 x 24 = 216 sq feet (15 x 15 feet) for ONE brood of hogs. If she has 12, which is entirely possible, they have to have a pen of 288 sq feet available, which is 17 x 17 feet. So, if you build a 100 x 300 building, which is damned expensive, you can have a theoretical absolute max of 104 mother hogs in it....without any aisles to access for cleaning and feeding, so that's impossibly dense. Probably realistically get about 60 or 70 California-legal pens for mother hogs in that sized (expensive) building. Cost swill be astronomical. A mother hog and a brood would be fine in a 7 x 7 roughly 50 square foot pen, not 200 to 300. As #19 said, no more hogs to be grown in California....except the massive numbers running feral already.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Luandir 6/11/2022 3:40:16 PM (No. 1183091)
Even the ChiComs can't make a go of it in Californica.
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