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Georgia Poultry Plant Cutting 300 Jobs

June 22, 2011
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Business Journals reports, Cagle will eliminate 300 positions at its Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., facility. The Atlanta-based poultry company said it will discontinue second shift operations at the Pine Mountain Valley poultry plant on or within two weeks after Aug. 19. The lay-off will cut about 300 positions, Cagle’s said. The facility now processes 520,000 head a week and employs 640 workers. It was converted to a de-boning operation in May 2010 and had been processing 630,000 head a week. In fall 2010, feed prices rose more than 34 percent due mostly to corn prices that were up more than 75 percent. Also, boneless breast markets experienced a 10 percent downturn. In November 2010, the Pine Mountain plant volume was cut 20 percent to operating two shifts four days a week. With the layoff, Cagle’s expects to operate one full shift five days a week processing 320,000 head and improving the weekly take home pay of its remaining employees.

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