News update:Jan 20, 2010

Pilgrim's pride may close another plant

Pilgrim's Pride has informed managers and workers at its El Dorado plant that the facility may shut down, unless the company sees improvements in quality and a return on its investment.

Over 1,600 people work at a processing plant, a feed mill and a hatchery in Union County owned by Pilgrim's Pride. According to company spokesman Ray Atkinson, there is no timetable for the plant to turn itself around, but there isn't much time.
"This is an extremely serious situation in El Dorado. We don't want to close that complex, but unless there are immediate changes that will be our only option," Atkinson said.
The company recently announced the closure of a processing plant in North Carolina and six of its 12 distribution centres. The company also said it would review its other operations and would consider more closures.
The assessment at El Dorado is part of that review, Atkinson said.

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