CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A Josephine County business wants to add 30 new jobs, but says the USDA is taking a bite out of that plan.
Taylor’s Sausage is in high demand so much that it wants to add a second shift, which would add 30 employees.
The owner says it would be huge for Cave Junction’s economy and allow them to put people laid off by Rough and Ready Lumber back to work, but it’s running into a roadblock with the Department of Agriculture.
The USDA has one inspector on site for 40 hours per week. Taylor’s Sausage says the USDA will not send a second inspector for a second shift until the company shows it’s had too much overtime hours.
The owners said paying extra for overtime for employees and their inspector is not cost effective and they said they need the second shift soon to meet their high demand from buyers.
A representative from the USDA was not immediately available Monday. Taylor’s Sausage says it can’t do anything about this until July 1st, that’s when the USDA is going to reassess the situation.