Pilgrim’s Pride closing corporate headquarters office

13-04-2010 | |

Pilgrim’s Pride has announced plans to close its corporate headquarters building in east Texas and a satellite corporate office in Atlanta as part of its continued integration with JBS USA.

Both offices are expected to close within approx. 60 days as most corporate functions are consolidated at JBS USA’s headquarters in Greeley, Colo, US.

Many Pilgrim’s Pride employees at the 2 corporate offices have been offered positions at other company facilities. However, the closure of the 2 offices will lead to the elimination of 158 positions at the Pilgrim’s Pride headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas, and the elimination of 55 jobs at the satellite corporate offices in suburban Atlanta. The layoffs are expected to begin mid June.

The company states that there will be no impact on Pilgrim’s Pride processing facilities or operations, as none of the jobs being eliminated are production-related.

Don Jackson, Pilgrim’s Pride president and CEO: “Decisions like this are always very difficult because they impact the lives of employees who have given so much to Pilgrim’s Pride over the years. While we will continue to maintain a very large presence in East Texas through our production operations in Mt. Pleasant and a smaller administrative office in Pittsburg, most corporate functions will be relocated to JBS USA’s headquarters by June. This consolidation is critical to our ability to realize the full benefits of our integration into JBS.”

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist