The Marshalltown JBS plant suffered significant damage in the distribution area. Reports say the processing area is operational, but the plant remained closed on Friday until damage estimates are finalized
The plant runs an estimated 20,000 hogs per day, and employs more than 2,200 people. Animals scheduled for processing would likely be rerouted to other plants.
No injuries were reported at the plant. In total, there were at least 10 people injured due to the Marshalltown tornado.
Social media were filled with damage and storm images and video of the damage:
JBS, the meat-packing plant that’s the largest employer in the city, sustained damage in its distribution center area, including overturned semi trailers and rail cars. No injuries reported. #iawx @marshalltowntr pic.twitter.com/nQj3DCzRjs— Emily Blobaum (@emilyblobaum) July 20, 2018
Extensive damage at JBS Swift and Company in Marshalltown pic.twitter.com/2R4BYIbskd— Taylor Kanost (@WxKanost) July 20, 2018