BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP)– A Wisconsin-based company has decided to not reopen its flood-damaged plant in eastern Nebraska.
Jack Link’s spokesman Abbey Miller told the Lincoln Journal Star that the Missouri River flooding in March overwhelmed the company’s Bellevue plant.
The plant sits just east of Offutt Air Force Base, which sustained millions of dollars in damage. Miller says the company did extensive testing of the facility before deciding against resuming production there.
The Nebraska Labor Department says about 60 people worked at the Bellevue plant. Jack Link’s, which is headquartered in Minong, Wisconsin, bought the facility in 2012 from Skylark Meats.
Officials say a late harvest, wet corn and the fall chill have combined to multiply demand for propane in Iowa and other states.
Iowa ag secretary Mike Naig told The Des Moines Register that the demand has “created a supply pinch” as farmers rush to bring in their crops. And he says nearly every bushel of corn needs to be dried.
Record flooding and heavy spring rains delayed planting.
Federal ag officials say only 43% of Iowa’s corn crop has been brought in and the harvest is 11 days behind the typical figure at this time of year. In neighboring Nebraska, Monday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows 60% of the state’s corn has been harvested, compared with 69% for the five-year average.
Lynne Schuller is executive director of the Nebraska Propane Gas Association, and she says the shortage is more of a transport problem in meeting the propane demanded by farmers, grain elevators and rural residents.