LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- About 400 Premium Protein Products workers who have been off the job since June will remain on furlough for at least two more weeks.

A recorded phone message notified workers of the latest furlough extensions. Company officials did not immediately respond to a message The Associated Press left on Wednesday.

The company specializes in providing beef, pork and chicken with a verified source.

Premium Protein has its headquarters and a processing plant in Lincoln; its slaughterhouse is in Hastings. Those plants will remain closed at least until Nov. 17.

Private equity firm Matlin Patterson in New York is the majority owner of the company.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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