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Smithfield Foods, citing high operating costs in California, is closing pork plant

Smithfield Foods Inc., the largest U.S. pork processor by volume, is closing an 1,800-person plant in California and reducing the size of its hog herd in the region, saying the cost of doing business in the state was not worth it.

Smithfield, owned by a Hong Kong-based pork conglomerate WH Group said Friday it would close the plant in Vernon, Calif., just outside Los Angeles, in early 2023, citing higher taxes, utility costs and labor costs in the state compared to other regions where it operates.


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