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Our Opinion: Beef plant keeps looking better

March 05, 2001

With each day the Brawley beef plant is moving forward. The plant is being built despite a lawsuit challenging the project. All signs indicate the plant will be ready to open in October and that is good news for Brawley and the Imperial Valley. What makes it good news is the expectation the plant will provide 600 jobs initially and some 1,200 jobs eventually.

Now the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program has been awarded a state grant of $689,000 for Project Hope, an effort to train at least 200 people to work at the beef plant. Jobs provided by the plant might not be the most pleasant we could think of but they are solid full-time jobs, jobs that will give people a chance to support themselves, their families and their communities.

We must credit those local officials who sought grants to pre-train local people to work at the plant. These are leaders who care about making sure those in need of work have all opportunities to find employment.

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Imperial Valley residents who qualify for the training include those served by CalWORKs, those who were in foster care and are now ages 18 to 21, non-custodial parents and the working poor. The grant will pay for the training of 200 people but there may be ways to pre-train even more than that.

The owners of B.P. Ventures, the company that is building and would operate the plant, are doing exactly what they said they would do. They promised a lot of jobs for local people and that seems to be coming to fruition. We only know of two owners so far, Bill Brandt and Bill Brandenberg, and we would like to thank those two and the other owners for sticking to their promises.

We hope the project succeeds because it could make a difference in a lot of people's lives. We look forward to seeing 600 people getting the training needed to work at the beef plant, then getting jobs there. We look forward to the economic improvements brought by the beef plant and the jobs it will create.

This could be the start of some positive growth for the Imperial Valley.

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