Tyson pledges to keep paying employees after fire at Holcomb plant

Source: Adam Shrimplin (KWCH)

(KWCH) Tyson Foods says it will rebuild its Holcomb facility, which sustained major damage in a fire late Friday.

The company released a statement Monday morning saying officials are still assessing the damage, so it’s too early to establish a timeline, but work to clear damage has already begun.

“This is a difficult time for our team members and their families, and we want to ensure they’re taken care of,” said Steve Stouffer, group president of Tyson Fresh Meats in a press release. “Today, we will notify our full-time, active team members that they’ll be paid weekly until production resumes.”

Stouffer said the team members may be called on to work during this time to help with clean-up and other projects, but regardless of the hours worked, all full-time active employees are guaranteed pay.

The company commended plant management for quickly evacuating the building. The company also thanked all of the emergency crews that helped put the fire out and keep everyone safe.

Tyson Foods operates six plants in Kansas and employs more than 5,600 people. The company says its total economic impact in the state is more than $2.4 billion.