BRAWLEY — Operations at the beef-processing plant here started Tuesday with more than 150 employees working, plant officials said.
By Monday more than 300 employees should be working at the plant as the facility moves toward hiring some 600 workers — most from the Imperial Valley.
"We're taking it very, very slow," said Greg Beck, president and chief operating officer of Brawley Beef LLC, the company that built and is running the facility.
Beck said Tuesday about 40 cattle were "harvested" at the facility. He said next week the processing half of the plant will be brought on line, meaning the facility will handle more cattle. Eventually, the plant will be harvesting and processing about 1,600 cattle per day.