Gov. Terry Branstad today released the following statement upon learning of Beef Products, Inc.'s plans to permanently close three plants, including one in Waterloo that employs more than 200 Iowans:
"This is a sad day for the state of Iowa. The fact that a false, misleading smear campaign can destroy a company's reputation overnight shouldlosures disturb us all. My office will never stop fighting for every single job in this state, and I continue to hope that as consumers learn about this safe, healthy and lean product, they will understand what a great product lean, finely textured beef truly is.
"Unfortunately, we have learned that what a ruinous smear campaign accomplishes overnight can take years to correct. I want those workers who now face the daunting task of finding a new job to know that my administration will always fight for them. Today they go home to their families and will soon be without a job, all because some media on the coasts decided to unfairly and viciously smear the product they so proudly produced.
"Our thoughts and hearts go out to the people at BPI, Inc. We continue to stand with you, and will always do so proudly."