In an exchange with Meatingplace, Cargill's Schuyler, Neb beef plant spokesman Mark Klein said there may be opportunities for 60 to 70 workers displaced by the John Morrell plant closing in Sioux City, Iowa.

In addition, other meatpackers in the Sioux City region are looking to hire from the pool of nearly 1,500 workers who will lose their jobs in April when the local John Morrell. pork plant shuts down for good, as the company announced Wednesday.

"With a staff of more than 2,000 in Schuyler, we often would use a potential layoff as an opportunity to selectively hire people," Klein said. "Most likely, other companies are doing the same."

A Sioux City Workforce Center representative who declined to be named told Meatingplace the agency has "had inquiries from other employers in the same industry." She declined to name them.