Reporters get the show at Triumph Missouri plant
The media were there in St. Joseph, MO to cover the long anticipated visit by East Moline officials and QC business figures in order to assess what the proposed plant in East Moline would be like. They'd braved icy roads and made the long drive to the location.
But East Moline officials and business figures felt they had to fly down, and the weather had kept them grounded. So the media figures found only hogs to cover, and of course, were spoon-fed corporate information.
Jenny Lee and the Dispatch/Argus file a report and provide several photos of the operation.
One interesting passage:
On the plant's "kill" floor, drains carry the blood from the carcasses to a pre-treatment sewage facility, where chemicals are added to make the waste safe enough to enter the city sewage system, Mr. Hoffman said.Wow. How bad does a substance have to be before you need to clean it up before it's fit for a sewer system??
The piece notes that, according to company sources, the St. Joseph plant currently employs 850, and notes,
They're now able to slaughter over 5,000 hogs a day, Mr. Hoffman said. Eventually, Triumph wants to slaughter 16,000 hogs a day with two shifts. Mr. Hoffman said he expects the number of employees to reach 1,000 in a few weeks.These figures and predictions are nearly identical to those the company made for the East Moline plant.
The issue of foreign workers was obliquely touched on as well.
In the process area, workers of different ethnic backgrounds lined up body parts for the cutting machines. Mr. Hoffman said about 75 to 80 percent of employees are from the St. Joseph area. Triumph recruited some management from Iowa and other states.
My inner Beavis and Butthead also took note of the job title of the worker interviewed in the article (as well as in the QC Times piece), a former Quad City resident who now holds the position of "general foreman for boning operations", a title which would no doubt impress and amuse adolescent boys (and men who would never admit it) everywhere.