JBS this week reopened its beef plant in the town of Presidente Epitacio in the state of Sao Paulo.
The company said in a news release the reopening will create more than 700 direct jobs in that community.
The initial phase of the reopening will produce some 9,500 tons of beef per month, with possible expansion depending on domestic and international demand.
Other of the company’s production plants will provide raw material.
JBS credited the efforts of Sao Paulo government officials to help the company reopen the plant, one of several the company shuttered last August partly as a way to limit tax exposure in certain states.
The move raised the ire of local government officials, who launched a probe into the justification for the closures.
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