A fire at the under-construction beef plant in Brawley on Friday was a great concern for many in the Imperial Valley. It is critical that the beef plant be ready to go on its designated startup date — Oct. 22.
Fortunately it appears the beef plant project is not going to slow. The fire only damaged an air filtration tank, and, according to plant owner Bill Brandt, that will not slow the project.
The plant is an important project for the Valley. It took a lot of effort to make it a reality here. For a time there was talk that the facility would be built elsewhere. That would have been devastating for the Valley because it would have meant 600 jobs would not have been created here.
Local officials worked hard to bring the project to the Brawley area. Because of that not only will we see 600 new full-time jobs in the Valley, the number of jobs could increase to 1,200 relatively soon.