Workers and suppliers of Rockdale Beef are being assured of more security when the abattoir and feedlot near Yanco is sold.
The world’s biggest beef processor, JBS of Brazil, is looking to buy Rockdale from its Japanese owners.
The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Swift Australia, already owns a 25,000-head feedlot near Griffith.
Rockdale’s general manager, Paul Troja, says the feedlot is operating at only about a quarter of its 50,000-head capacity.
He says things have picked up at the meatworks since cutting 150 jobs last year.
“We came back to a single shift in July of last year but we’ve been able to build it back up to a second shift, [which] is only working at half capacity,” Mr Troja said.
“So a lot of those people that we did let go last year are now back and they are working.
“I’m sure the new owners, once they take hold of the business, will drive the business further, and jobs in the area and the goods and services that the business buys in the area will all be maintained.
“Naturally people are uncomfortable in a changing world and with mortgages and car payments and children at school.
“I can’t speak for the new owners of the business but the indications that we’re getting is that they will certainly look for and support the workforce that creates the products that they make and sell.”