Fremont Poultry Processor Continues Operations With Limited Changes

March 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. ·


Lincoln Premium Poultry in Fremont is still operating during the COVID-19 crisis. The plant processes chicken for Costco.

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A spokesperson said the plant has moved away from self-serve in cafeterias and is wiping down common surfaces. They also said it is difficult for employees to maintain social distancing while on the floor of the plant.

Jessica Kolterman is a spokesperson for Lincoln Premium Poultry. She said the plant doesn’t currently plan to close.

“I was talking to a group of our maintenance team the other day, and one of them said ‘so we’re gonna run ‘til the wheels fall off,’ and I said, ‘yeah, that’s pretty much what our plan is. Even if that means that the management is out there working the floor, that’s our intention right now,” Kolterman said. We will do everything we can, even if we do have to scale back a certain amount because of a lot of people being gone or something like that, we’re gonna do everything we can to keep providing safe food for our country.”

Kolterman says employees have sick leave but may not have any available at this time. Management will work with employees on a case to case basis and their intent is that no one will lose their job due to this pandemic.

Editor's Note: This article has been edited to correct the spelling of Ms. Kolterman's name.

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