Beardstown, Illinois

Founded in 1819, Beardstown is one of Illinois’ oldest towns, originally consisting of 21 blocks along the Illinois River. Abraham Lincoln gave his famous “A House Divided Cannot Stand” speech in 1858 on the city square. Located in Cass County, Beardstown is 45 miles west of Springfield, the capitol of Illinois.

Beardstown is known as the watermelon capitol of the nation, with “Beardstown Melons” being widely sold. Beardstown is a town rich with history, and continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois.

Cargill and Beardstown

Cargill in Beardstown is the largest pork processing plant in the state of Illinois. Nearly 2,200 employees contribute to the success of Cargill and the community. Cargill employees donate more than $160,000 each year through the local United Way, benefiting residents in more than five counties. Cargill participates in programs to enrich the community including Thanksgiving Food Baskets, the Tri-County Food Drive, scholarship funds, and community festivals and parades. Cargill in Beardstown is a diverse facility employing people from more than 30 countries. There are eight languages spoken in the facility and hundreds of ethnic languages and dialects.

Join our team
  • Technical Services Technicians
  • 2nd-Shift Fabrication Workers- Cool Environment
  • 2nd-Shift Harvesting Workers- Warm Environment
  • 2nd-Shift Truck Loader
  • 3rd-Shift Truck Loader
How to apply

Applications are received every Monday from 8 a.m. to noon at the UFCW Union Hall, 8612 Arenzville Road, Beardstown, IL 62618.

Benefits (commencing upon 6th full month of employment):

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance (including Prescription Drug coverage)
  • Short term disability and life insurance
  • Plus, paid vacation and holidays and a variety of health and wellness incentives


  • Production wages range from $13.30-$18.05
  • Maintenance mechanic wages range from $16.65-$20.65


  • From Jacksonville
    • Start on IL-78N for 14 miles
    • Left on IL-125W for 11.2 miles
    • Turn left onto Arenzville Rd. Co Rd 8
  • From Springfield
    • Start on IL-97E/ W Jefferson St for 6.9 miles
    • Continue onto IL-125W for 35.2 miles
    • Turn left onto Arenzville Rd. Co Rd 8
  • From Macomb
    • Start on US-67S/E for 35.3 miles
    • Continue onto IL-125 E 1.8 miles
    • Turn right onto Arenzville Rd. Co Rd 8

Cargill is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.