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Efforts underway to entice National Beef to stay

(Trying to come up with a plan)…The plan would have to convince National Beef.

It was announced last week that National Beef was planning to close their Brawley facility April 4. That move would immediately affect their 1,300 employees, but the domino effect could be much worse. Some say the closure could affect the entire economy in Imperial County. Officials have initiated discussions on ways they can convince National Beef to keep the Brawley facility open, or at least help them find a buyer for the facility before the April 4th deadline. The County Board of Supervisors began discussion on the issue at their Tuesday morning meeting. The issue was not on the agenda, and submitted as an emergency item. The Imperial Irrigation is also discussing possible a special water rate that could convince National Beef to keep the facility open. The Brawley City Council will also discuss the issue at their Tuesday evening meeting. Assemblyman Manuel Perez, who represents Imperial County and parts of the Coachella Valley, has said he will be meeting with state and federal officials on ways to entice Brawley Beef to keep the Brawley facility open, at least until a buyer is located.