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South Dakota Meat Plant Is Now Country’s Biggest Coronavirus Hot Spot

South Dakota Meat Plant Is Now Country’s Biggest Coronavirus Hot Spot

Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dokata

For more than 100 years, people fleeing  war zones and abject poverty have put in long hours at the eight-story  plant that churns 24 hours a day alongside the tree-lined Big Sioux  River. They worked side by side in front of speeding conveyor belts and  behind vibrating electric knives powerful enough to slice through a hog  every 30 to 40 seconds. Many iced their wrists at night and relied on a  daily dose of ibuprofen to keep up with the work of slaughtering,  processing and packaging pork products for global consumption.

In  return, they received wages above the minimum and health benefits that  stretched far in a state with a low cost of living, uplifting  generations of immigrants who arrived in the United States without  formal education or knowledge of the English language.

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