BRAWLEY — Brawley Beef LLC officials said Friday they are ready to start operations at the beef-processing plant Monday.
Greg Beck, Brawley Beef president and chief operating officer, said 156 employees will start work Monday.
He said he hopes that number will "ramp up" to 600 full-time employees within a 12-week period.
"We are going to let our product safety and measurement systems be our guide on how we ramp up to speed," Beck said Friday.
The opening of the beef plant has been delayed twice — first in October and then earlier this month — as more construction was necessary.
Construction on phases of the plant will continue as the plant starts operations Monday.
The beef plant, a 348,000 square-foot facility on Shank Road in the northeast corner of the city, has taken a year to construct and has cost about $60 million.