One World Beef makes deal with National Beef


BRAWLEY, Calif. – One year later, Brawley gets some great news.

One World Beef is buying National Beef.


“Some local individuals are going to be purchasing that facility and go ahead and do beef processing of some type of that facility,” Brawley Councilman Sam Couchman said.

Thirteen hundred became unemployed because of the closure.  Some had to relocate taking other beef plant jobs out of state and other still looking since the closure.


“Job back again.  It’ll mean that we’ll sell water from the city again and a lot of positive things come out of that with the ancillary businesses out there with the beef industry, the feed yards and the people associated with the beef industry,” Couchman said.


One World Beef is based out of Buena Park in California and is a meat sales and marketing agent.

One World Beef President Eric Brandt says his family was involved in the original development of the Brawley facility.

The city is glad this day is here but didn’t think it would happen this soon.


“We’ve had people working on it.  We’ve had a few from the city working on it.  We’ve had people from the community and business working on it.  I thought it would eventually come.  I did not think it would come this quickly but it has come fairly quickly  I think for that facility of that size to shut down and then possibly reopen,” Couchman said.

One World Beef says the plan is to reopen later this year.



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