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JBS Grand ISland honorS ItS team memBerS
and the communIty they lIve In

By Robert Pore

robert.pore@theindependent.com
This hasn’t been the easiest
of times for Grand Island’s
largest employer and its team
members.
But through the turmoil
of the pandemic, Justin
Bstandig, JBS Grand Island
human resource director, said,
it has been the plant’s team
members who deserve credit
for helping JBS steer through
the rough waters.
And that gratitude to JBS
Grand Island’s more than
3,000 team members goes
beyond a Labor Day salute.
“We wouldn’t be here if we
didn’t have the team that we
have in place,” Bstandig said.
JBS USA is a leading U.S.
beef producer and Grand
Island’s largest employer.
Earlier
this
year,
the
company announced that it
was investing more than $130
million in facilities and more
than $150 million in annualized
pay increases to workers
across its nine beef plants,
including its plant in Grand
Island.
The pandemic has been
a tumultuous time for JBS
and the nation’s packing
plants because of COVID-19
interrupting plant production
and important supply lines from
gate to plate in the delivery of
beef to the customer.
In Nebraska, JBS USA
has invested $130 million
to
increase
production
capacities at two of its major
beef processing facilities —
Grand Island and Omaha. The
company said it is on schedule
to “complete a significant
expansion of its Grand Island
beef
production
facility,
including the construction
of a new harvest floor and
enhanced
animal
welfare
facilities, in late summer.”
The JBS USA Grand Island
facility is a two-shift, beefprocessing plant that employs
more than 3,600 people. The
plant has the capacity to
process more than 1.4 million
cattle per year. It currently
exports to 20 countries around
the world, including Japan,
Hong Kong, Mexico, Korea,
Canada, Singapore and Chile.
JBS Grand Island’s team

members are also as diverse as
the countries to which the plant
ships beef products. Bstandig
said there are people from
24 countries working at the
Grand Island plant.
“Our team members are the
most important asset we have
in our facility,” he said.
To
ensure
consistent
access to a skilled workforce,
Shannon Grassl, president
of the JBS Regional Beef
business unit, said JBS USA
has also provided more than
$150 million in annualized
wage increases during the last
12 months.
This
permanent
yearly
investment in increased wages,
Grassl said, does not include
the more than $71 million in
short-term incentives and
non-permanent
bonus
payments provided to its U.S.
beef workforce during the
pandemic.
Recognizing the value of
its team members, earlier this
year, the JBS beef plant in
Grand Island raised its base
salaries. The total annual
payroll will increase from
$150 million to $180 million.
Bstandig said the move
will help the Grand Island
community.
“At JBS, we are committed
to being a good neighbor and
a responsible employer in the
community by recently moving
our base pay to $21.50 an hour,
with the ability to earn up to
$28 an hour in our production
environment,” he said.
Previously, a beginning
wage at the plant was $18.25
per hour, with the highest wage
reaching $27.95 per hour.
Additionally, $25.50 per hour
is the new starting wage in the
maintenance department. That
department’s employees can
advance up to $32.50 per hour.
According to JBS USA, the
average hourly wage for its
beef team members is more
than $22.
“We are proud to offer
industry-leading wages and
benefits to the men and women
who make our business
possible,” Grassl said. “At JBS
USA, you can build a career,
and you and your children can
go to college for free.”

In
March,
JBS
USA
launched
Better
Futures,
a free-of-charge, two-year
college
tuition
program
providing more than 66,000
company team members and
their dependent children the
opportunity to pursue their
higher education dreams.
JBS has also given back to
its team members by giving
back to the community in
which they live.
In July 2020, JBS USA
announced a $3.5 million
investment in Grand Island
to support the community’s
future through the company’s
Hometown Strong program.
JBS Grand Island has been
working with local leaders
and various organizations to
determine how the funds can
best help meet immediate and
longer-term community needs.
In partnership with Grand
Island
Northwest
Public
Schools, JBS USA will provide
$250,000 to renovate the
aging Northwest High School
auditorium. The renovation
will
include
replacing
curtains,
track
hardware,
rigging, seating and carpet;
repainting ceilings and walls;
and upgrading sound and
lighting. In addition to being
used by elementary, middle
and high school students, the
auditorium will also be put to
good use by many community
organizations.
“This investment in Grand
Island
Northwest
Public
Schools will benefit our
entire community, including
our JBS team members and
their families,” said Bstandig.
“We’re proud to partner
with local schools to ensure
the future is bright in our
hometown for generations to
come.”
“Northwest Public Schools
is extremely grateful to JBS
for this generous gift for our
auditorium project,” said Jeff
Edwards,
superintendent.
“Fine
arts
is
extremely
important to the culture
at Northwest and this gift
will help us revitalize the
auditorium, which is used by
multiple school groups, as well
as community groups.”

JBS USA has announced
Hometown Strong investments
totaling $2,330,000 in Grand
Island, including:
— $500,000 to fund the
Grand Island Senior High
School’s Academy of Medical
Science Program to help train
future health care workers.
— $500,000 to fund the
expansion of the Eagle Scout
Park sports fields, playground,
splash pad, concession stand
and restrooms.
— $500,000 to expand a
hike and bike trail leading to
the JBS facility, creating a
safer commute for our team
members, in partnership with
the city of Grand Island Parks
and Recreation.
— $400,000 to remodel the
Early Childhood Education
Learning Center.
— $200,000 to fund home
building for JBS team members
through the Grand Island Area
Habitat for Humanity.
— $150,000 to fund
improvements to the Grand
Island Literacy Council facility,
which teaches skills necessary
to communicate and become
a U.S. citizen.
— $60,000 to provide
social
service
programs
and COVID-19 relief for the
Salvation Army of Grand Island
men’s shelter.
— $20,000 to purchase a
Jaws of Life rescue tool for
the Chapman Volunteer Fire
Department.
Hometown Strong is a
national $50 million initiative
that adds to commitments
JBS USA has made to protect
employees and ensure their
job security amid the global
pandemic. Hometown Strong
is one of the largest community
investment programs of its
kind in the country.
JBS USA has a significant
presence in the state of
Nebraska, employing 4,300
people and paying local
producers nearly $2.5 billion
each year to support two
Nebraska facilities, including
fresh beef production facilities
in Grand Island and Omaha.
An important contributor to
the Nebraska economy, JBS
USA has an annual payroll in
Nebraska of more than $191

million, and contributed nearly
$34 million in taxes and more
than $84 million in capital
investments over the last five
years.
With the JBS USA Grand
Island beef production facility
employing more than 3,600
people, its annual payroll is
more than $160 million. The
facility supports more than 675
local producers, paying them

more than $2.2 billion per year
for their livestock.
Grassl said by investing
in both its industry and the
workers who make it run, “we
are confident that beef has a
bright future.”
To learn more about
JBS, visit its website at
www.jbsfoodsgroup.com.

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