MILWAUKEE -

For many employees at Cargill in Milwaukee, it is time to start over. The meat packaging plant closed on Friday and left as many as 600 workers without a job.

For some of the older employees, who had spent decades at the plant, it is the end of their career.

Richard Rice was one month shy of his 30th anniversary with the company and seven years away from retirement.

"It went kind of slow, and then it was kind of sad, because you've been working around these people for so long it's like a family," said Rice.

The company said the closure was due to a national beef shortage. Cargill has 13 facilities in Wisconsin and according to a spokesperson, only two of them were beef facilities.

The company will do its best to find jobs for displaced workers, but things could be difficult for workers who want to stay with Cargill and stay in Wisconsin.