PM Beef, Southwest Minnesota’s last beef processor, has announced that it will close town its plant in Windom, reports The Daily Globe. The company broke the news during meetings with employees this week and announced that the company’s last day in operation will be December 11.

Windom City Administrator Steve Nasby said he had a brief conversation with PM Windom’s Vice President of Operations Lisa Hernandez Monday morning, but “very little” information was made available. He also tried to reach the facility in the afternoon, but phone calls weren’t answered.

“We just heard through the grapevine — the company has not provided us many details,” Nasby said.

PM Beef, which was formerly known as Caldwell Packing before it was acquired by the current owners, employs approximately 262 people. According to a business profile, PM Beef Holdings LLC was started in the 1990s by billionaire John Kluge, founder of holding company Metromedia, and James Ukrop of Ukrop’s Super Markets. The company touts itself as a leading processor and supplier of meat products to consumers, retailers and foodservice operators.

Source: The Daily Globe