A Carroll County pork processor has suspended operations at its facility in Delphi, becoming the second pork packing plant in Indiana to shut down in a matter of days. Indiana Packers Corp. announced Friday it is stopping production “out of an abundance of caution.” IPC said the wind down will take several days.
The decision was made in light of an increasing number of positive tests for COVID-19, said company officials.
The company said it has had 15 confirmed positive cases at the plant.
“Given the uncertainty so inherent with this pandemic,” said IPC President and Chief Operating Officer Russ Yearwood. “We are committed to be as proactive as we possibly can so as to best ensure the health and safety of our team members. This short pause is part of the ongoing effort.”
Earlier this week, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) shut down operations at its plant in Logansport. The health department said Tyson had at least 150 positive cases. The plant employs 2,200 workers.
IPC said it expects the temporary suspension to last no longer than two weeks. Employees will continue to get paid.
IPC said it plans to conduct further plant-wide sanitization and continue implementation of the latest in CDC guidance and industry best practices.