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JBS Grand ISland honorS ItS team memBerS and the communIty they lIve In By Robert Pore email@example.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.