Over the past five years, Butterball’s increase in costs related to higher feed ingredient commodity markets (corn, soybean meal, fat, etc.) has averaged nearly $65 million per year, or $325 million total. “After long and careful consideration, amid record-high ingredient costs, our company has come to the conclusion that we must take these steps in order to improve our overall effectiveness,” said Rod Brenneman, president and CEO. “Government ethanol subsidies and record-high fuel prices for much of 2010 and 2011 contributed to a major increase in our operating costs and the closure of this facility is necessary to streamline our operations and accommodate current and projected demands.”
Butterball is working with associates at the Longmont facility to provide career counseling and discuss job opportunities at different locations throughout company operations as well as offer additional support through employee assistance programs.