Source: Investigate Midwest
HyLife Foods, which filed for bankruptcy last month, employs 500 people through a temporary visa program.
A Minnesota pork processing plant employed 500 workers on temporary work visas in 2022, more than any other meatpacking plant that year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
HyLife Foods sponsored hundreds of visas to fill jobs at its plant in the small town of Windom, Minnesota. The company used the federal H-2B visa program to hire the foreign workers.
The second-biggest employer of H-2B workers in the meatpacking industry last year was Clemens Food Group in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, which employed 250 people on the visas. No other meatpacking plants employed more than 100 H-2B workers.
HyLife Foods declared bankruptcy in late April, and expects to lay off its entire workforce by early June if the plant isn’t sold, according to a letter the company sent the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. HyLife told Investigate Midwest on May 10 that an end date had not been set.