Brawley Beef LLC has started operations in Brawley after a few delays. We are pleased to see that the beef-processing plant, expected to provide as many as 600 much-needed jobs, is operating. We are sure the work is not easy, but the jobs are full-time and give workers a sense of permanent employment so they are not subject to seasonal labor.
That is important when people are trying to build a life, buy a home, start a family and follow whatever dreams they may have for themselves and their loved ones. Brawley Beef employed more than 150 people as of Tuesday, is expected to have 350 employees by next week and in coming weeks the total hired should reach 600. And, if the plant proves successful, as many as 1,200 people could be employed there in coming years.
We applaud those in the beef industry both here and in Yuma who had the courage to invest millions of dollars in the facility. It is a big step, one that could lead to a better future for the local cattle industry. People with the means need to take such steps if they are going to bring about development for themselves and for the Valley as a whole.