9-30-2020 – JBS plans $200,000 Lenoir investment

Posted on: September 30th, 2020 by admin

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September 30, 2020

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BY GARRETT STELL

GSTELL@NEWSTOPICNEWS.COM

 

 

A global food company with a processing plant in Caldwell County plans to spend $200,000 to help the Lenoir area respond to needs related to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

JBS USA will work with local leaders to identify sectors in the community that will benefit the most, particularly involving food insecurity, community infrastructure  and  well-being, and  COVID-19  emergency response and relief efforts, the company said in a press release. The money is part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative, a $50 million program geared towards protecting employees and shoring up job security during the pandemic, the company said in a press release.

 

JBS Lenoir General Manager Jonathan Tucker said that it is an example of the company’s focus on being active in all of the communities where it is based.

 

“The Hometown Strong initiative is allowing us to support our community in what has been a challenging year,” said Tucker. “In addition to our role in providing food for our country, we pride ourselves in being a good neighbor and making it a priority to work with local leaders on how to best invest our time, talent and treasure in the community.”

 

Nikki Richardson of JBS USA said that projects will be different in ever y community and that more information will be available soon about what will be done in Lenoir.

 

“The JBS Lenoir team has had discussions with local elected officials, health care leaders, nonprofit organizations and economic development leaders to identify projects that will help us meet immediate and longer-term community needs,” she said.

 

All projects will be determined by the end of the year, the press release said.

 

Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons said that the company has been an important partner of the Lenoir community, notably in its efforts to protect its 195 local employees during the pandemic.

 

“I recently toured the Lenoir JBS facility and have been so impressed with the care and attention to safety and com- munity by the entire organization during these challenging times,” Gibbons said.

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