A groundbreaking ceremony took place over the noon hour Monday to mark the start of the JBS Hometown Strong Housing Development project.
A JBS gift of $1,784,000 helped create a Revolving Loan Housing Fund, which will help develop and provide six affordable single-family homes in southeast Worthington. JBS team members will be given priority consideration to apply for a loan of $15,000 to be used toward a down payment. The homes will be located in the 2200 block of East Avenue.
Said JBS Worthington General Manager Tom Hanson on Monday: “We are proud to break ground on this exciting development, which will bring affordable housing options for six deserving families in our community. We are proud to offer this opportunity for JBS team members who need assistance taking that first step toward home ownership.”
The JBS gift of $1,784,000 is part of a total $6.6 million investment in Worthington through the company’s Hometown Strong initiative. JBS Worthington has also funded the renovation of the new JBS Field House and Recreation Center through a Hometown Strong investment of $1 million.
Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle also spoke at Monday’s groundbreaking, stating: “This is a perfect partnership between the JBS family, our community and local developers to provide a housing opportunity for JBS employees. The forward thinking being demonstrated by JBS leadership in building these houses so that the employees of JBS may make an investment in their future creates opportunities for all in our community.”
The JBS USA Worthington pork production facility employs more than 2,000 people with an annual payroll of more than $120 million.