Creekstone resumes production on Monday

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By Shane Farley
October 21, 2013 - 8:05:14 pm

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef announced Monday that it had resumed production at its Ark City plant, just less than a month since a fire halted normal daily operations.

Cattle began arriving Sunday evening and Creekstone restarted its cattle harvest operation this morning, according to company officials.

The company plans to start beef production by Wednesday.

"To be back up and running one month after the fire is remarkable and would not be possible without the hard-work and dedication of all our employees," Dennis Buhlke, President and CEO of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, said in a prepared statement.

Creekstone Farms continued supplying customers with its Black Angus beef products during the closure through co-pack arrangements secured with third-party packers.

"We felt it extremely important that our customers continued to receive Creekstone beef even though we knew this was a temporary situation," said Jim Rogers, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Ground beef and shipping operations, although temporarily interrupted, resumed within a week after the fire. The fire occurred late afternoon on Sept. 25.

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