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New Angus Hiring for NBP Restart: Commissioners Swanson, Slaight-Hansen Cheer

New Angus is hiring in Aberdeen:

Northern Beef Packers slaughterhouse, now known as New Angus, awaits its advertised 2015 reopening. Aberdeen, South Dakota, 2015.05.24. Photo by CAH.
Is New Angus about to put some cars in the lot and beef in the chute?

New Angus, LLC owns and will operate a single state-of-the-art beef processing and fabrication complex, specializing in processing beef products for both domestic and international consumption. With a well-financed sponsor, we are positioned for tremendous success.

We are excited to begin the process of accepting application for all positions; skilled and unskilled including slaughter, fabrication, quality control, maintenance and warehouse jobs.

Our success starts with hiring the right people and keeping them. Our work hours are designed to be family friendly, our wages are very competitive and we are offering a top quality benefit package which we will continue to enhance. The community has been very supportive and we desire to be a good community business partner.

Interested individuals can apply at the plant at 13 135 Street SW, Aberdeen, SD, or submit a resume by clicking APPLY TO THIS POSITION above.

We will be taking applications and conducting interviews at the South Dakota Department of Labor in Aberdeen SD (400 S. Roosevelt Street) on August 25, 2015. EEO and M/F/D/V [New Angus hiring notice,, downloaded 2015.08.19]

New Angus is also hiring a CFO-Chief Financial Officer, Slaughter Superintendent, Director of Operations, Slaughter/Fabrication Department Supervisor, General Foreman, and Fabrication Superintendent. The CFO posting says New Angus has an “SEC-registered financial sponsor who has over 1.7 billon of invested and committed capital.”

New Angus may not need to look for a new marketing director. Aberdeen city commissioner Laure Swanson used to direct marketing for doomed Northern Beef Packers. Commissioner Swanson appears to be doing the same job, at least unofficially, for New Angus, the corporate team charged by buyers White Oak Global Advisors with resurrecting the Aberdeen beef slaughterhouse from failure. After a quiet on-site meeting with New Angus, Swanson assures us the beef plant is on the right track:

“The tour gave me a lasting impression that this is a committed company, with all indication of making it a viable and sustainable beef plant whether White Oak continues to run it or they sell it,” Swanson said in emailed comments.

She said the internal infrastructure upgrades are impressive.

…Swanson said she left the tour with the impression of better communication from top management, which consists of representatives of the beef industry. She said the plant now has access to its own financial resources as opposed to having to rely on assistance from the state. And, she said, New Angus has a certified water treatment engineer on staff [Elisa Sand, “New Angus Beef Plant Looking for Employees,” Aberdeen American News, 2015.08.19].

Commissioner Jennifer Slaight-Hansen also came away all positive about New Angus’s prospects:

“I found a facility that’s making major improvements to meet the needs of their customers,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, who recently toured the plant with Councilwoman Laure Swanson [Sand, 2015.08.19].

Neither Swanson nor Slaight-Hansen addressed how market forces favor reopening Northern Beef Packers while Tyson Meats, the nation’s biggest meat packer, has responded to “too few cattle and too much slaughter capacity” by shutting down a beef slaughterhouse 360 miles from Aberdeen.


  1. mike from iowa 2015-08-19 09:24

    They gonna interview cattle for short term employment status and will they have to import them from south of the border,if not enough locals can be found?

  2. Nick Nemec 2015-08-19 15:02

    I wish New Angus well, but wouldn’t invest a dime in the operation, market economics are working against them.

  3. Lynn 2015-08-19 15:15

    My advice for those considering employment at this plant would be to proceed with caution knowing it’s history and risk. You probably would not want to take on any additional debt and instead just take it day by day, pay down any debts you have and try to save money knowing this could be temporary.

  4. David Newquist 2015-08-19 17:35

    ” making major improvements to meet the needs of their customers”

    Who are the customers? The death knell for NBP began to toll loudly when, after years of dillying around. Angus Gold canceled its marketing agreement. With that agreement, NBP had a way to gets its products on store shelves. Its alternative was either to find another marketing organization, which it never did, or send a sales staff out enlist retailers to handle its brand, which it never did. The bankruptcy proceedings indicated that what beef it produced was boxed beef for Korea.

    Richard Benda stressed NBP as serving a niche market that wanted anti-biotic free, grass fed beef, which upscale restaurants and butcher shops are featuring. Between the 1960s until now, per capita consumption of beef has declined from 80 pounds to less than 55. That trend is largely driven by attempts to control cholesterol. Confined beef is higher in cholesterol, is fed anti-biotics because confinement operations are disease incubators, and and is often given hormones to spur growth. NBP, according to Benda, was equipped to track the beef it processed from birth through processing to guarantee its origins and handling. NBP also intended to serve the SD Certified Beef market, which was a farce. (I tried it twice and they were the only times I have sent steaks back because they were inedible.)

    Grass fed generally comes from small operations on which the producers are managing their herds every day to get them the right mix of grass and feed and to monitor them for disease and other health issues. It requires intense management, and people involved in it generally form cooperatives that have contracts with processors, and they time their calving and calf-buying to coordinate a constant supply to meet the contracts. There was never any indication that NBP had access to such cattle.

    With the big four packers controlling 80 percent of the beef market, where among the remaining 20 percent that New Angus will serve? Or will it rely on the export market,, which is placing other stringent conditions on the beef it accepts? These questions of where they plan to sell their beef never get answered.

  5. jerry 2015-08-19 17:48

    An election smoke screen for NOem and Tehran John and others? Prolly kill one ole cancer-eyed cow for show and tell, box her up and send her off for Joop to enjoy.

  6. mike from iowa 2015-08-19 18:09

    Beef prolly won’t get shipped too far overseas if it has been fed GMO corn or other grains. I’m not sure where you’d get non-GMO corn anymore. Unlike cattle markets,GMO stuff is everywhere.

  7. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-08-19 19:44

    I’d like to see it be a success. However, I don’t always get what I’d like. Who are the locals who produce suitable cattle?

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