San Antonio Beef Packer to Close

Another meat packing company will close due to drought. This time around, it's L&H Packing Company which will close its San Antonio beef plant. Officials attributed the move to exceptional drought conditions in Texas and shrinking cattle supplies. The plant will close August 15th and 325 employees will be out of work. CEO Neal Leanard said the decision came "only after careful consideration and months of prayerful thought." The employees will get assistance finding work elsewhere and many will be offered jobs at L&H sister companies, Surlean Foods and New Earth, which are currently experiencing record growth.

L&H joins the growing list of victims from the drought. Last week Cargill announced the closure of its Milwaukee beef plant, and in early 2013 closed its Plainview, Texas, facility. National Beef Packing has closed its Brawley, California slaughterhouse. Other drought-induced plant closures have included San Angelo Beef Packing in San Angelo, Texas, and Martin's Abattoir and Wholesale Meats' in North Carolina.

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