(Willmar, MN)  —  Two Jennie-O Turkey Stores in Willmar, Minnesota are closing temporarily because of an outbreak of Coronavirus.  The company decided to pause operations at their Willmar Avenue and Benson Avenue locations after 14 out of their 1200 employees have tested positive for the COVID-19. The company says it has implemented plans to thoroughly clean and sanitize both locations and employees will continue to receive pay during the temporary closing.

Employees are being encouraged to get tested and will undergo mandatory health screenings before returning to work. 


(Photo courtesy of the West Central Tribune)

Steve Lykken, President of Jennie-O Turkey Store says, “The health and safety of all of our team members is the top priority right now so we have decided to take a pause in operations and we are being thoughtful and considerate in our approach to this process. I want to recognize our production professionals for continuing to do an outstanding job as they work to keep food on tables during this unprecedented time. I am very proud of them and I look forward to being back together as soon as we are able.”

Hormel Foods is the parent company of the Jennie-O Turkey Store.