Just got back from the Grand Opening our Open Range Beef! What a great job Pat Shudak, Jill Noetzelman, Tim Donmoyer and their crew have done updating the beef packing plant! Following is their Press Release:
Open Range Beef, LLC located on Highway 20 in Gordon, Nebraska announced its official opening at a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 3rd.
Open Range Beef purchased the plant from the City of Gordon in late June 2013. Open Range Beef spent the last five months renovation and remodeling the packing plant with the latest state of the art equipment and materials.
The employee and management attitudes have been very up beat and optimistic through out the construction phase as the plant prepares to start harvesting cattle on Wednesday. "It's been a tremendous amount of hard work, uyet a lot of fun preparing this plant for operation. We are very proud of the diligent efforts by our entire team. An unbelievable amount of work has been accomplished in just five short months. The results have been amazing", as stated by Pat Shudak and Jill Noetzelman.
"The people and community of Gordon have been extremely supportive and welcoming during the process. We couldn't have chosen a better place to start a business", commented Jill.
After a ramp-up and training period, the Plant expects to hit a target of 250-300 head per day, 1500 head per week. Open Range Beef will be custom killing for Hartley Ranch, a certified beef producer that has high-end clients in both the domestic and overseas markets. Open Range Beef will be utilizing local feeders to supply its USDA Graded cattle.
"We are fortunate to have a team that consists of experienced local talent, motivated new hires as well as supervisors recruited nationally, for their technical and business experience. I have been a part of several major plants, and I have great expectations for the longevity of this plant. The beef harvesting and processing industry is a very cash intensive and volatile commodity based business, but none of the past plant businesses have had the potential that this group of owners, managers, and employees have as a team" stated David Blake, Plant Manager.ava, Gordon City Manager, stated, "that with cattle and agriculture being the two top leaders in revenue generation for the State of Nebraska, itk's important that we try to maximize opportunities that we have available relating to the base industry of the area to increase our property tax base, employment opportunities and economic growth for our community and area. We feel very fortunate that the Open Range Investment Group looked at this mid-sized plant as a business opportunity and to our advantage, one that will provide economic benefits for our community, region and state. We all wish them great success!"
Posted on Tue, December 3, 2013
by Gordon Chamber