Smithfield Foods cancels Saturday job fair


Bladen Journal (NC)

November 22, 2019


TAR HEEL — Smithfield Foods has canceled a scheduled job fair Saturday at the NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County in Elizabethtown.


No reason was given by the company. It said in a release that “those scheduled for a Job Fair appointment will be contacted by Smithfield with a date and time to report for an interview on-site at the plant.”


The world’s largest pork production facility was temporarily stopped in some areas overnight into Thursday morning by a shooting in an administrative building.


The company did not give a phone number for questions. The job fair...





Smithfield Foods responds to shooting at processing facility

The suspect, an employee of a third-party vendor associated with the plant, has been arrested.


Source: Smithfield Foods

via National Hog Farmer - Nov 21, 2019


Two Smithfield Foods employees were injured in a shooting at the company's Tar Heel, N.C., processing facility early Thursday morning.


Just after midnight, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office received a call about an active shooter situation at the Tar Heel packing plant. Officers arrived to find the injured in a stairwell. First aid was administered to the victims and the buildings were cleared. After a short search, the suspect, an employee of a third-party vendor associated with the plant, was arrested.


The male and female victims were both taken to hospitals to be treated for their injuries. Their official conditions have not been released.


Smithfield Foods issued the following statement in response.


"We are shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting that took place at our Tar Heel, N.C., processing facility overnight. Our thoughts and prayers are with our two Smithfield family members who suffered serious injuries and were taken by life flight to hospitals, their families and loved ones," says Keira Lombardo, an executive vice president for Smithfield Foods.


"The safety and security of our employees is our top priority...