The door where employees used to enter now stays locked. The parking lot adjacent to the build is now empty.
"There had been layoffs occuring since the October, November date, so we had a sense in the community that the Midwest Meat was not doing well," said Gibbon Chamber of Commerce Larry Witt.
Operations at the Midwest Meat Packing Facility in Gibbon ceased around mid-November, around two-and-a-half years after it reopened under new ownership.
"We were very optimistic in the community that a former employer, who had employed a large number of our community, would build back up to that same employment level. That never occurred," said Witt.
About 50 to 70 people are estimated to have lost their jobs. Fortunately, community leaders said, the impact was not as severe ase when the plant closed in 2008.
"We have not seen people come in and choose to have their academic records sent to another school because they're relocating. I believe there will be less relocation of families here in Gibbon due to the most recent closing as compared to the prior closing," said Witt, who is also the Gibbon Public Schools Superintendent.
One of the facility's creditors, Shinn Turkey Track Ranch, filed for involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy against the parent company in December. Court records show the company has more than $4.4 million of debt.
"We discovered they didn't have electricity. And when you have freezers and you have them full of turkeys, you can't afford to allow the operation to continue if they can't even get the electric company to turn on the power," said the creditor's lawyer William Biggs.
Even though the past two companies that operated the facility have gone under, community leaders said they're hopeful that another company will come and take its place.
"We've already showed it a couple of times. Working with the State of Nebraska Dept of Agriculture to market the facility," said Gibbon City Administrator Chris Rector.