Processing Magazine

Displaced Tyson workers transfer to plants

March 23, 2006

Tyson Foods Inc. said that more than 500 workers displaced by two plant closings in Nebraska have transferred to other Tyson plants in the region, and that it would donate $125,000 to help the communities, the Associated Press reports. Tyson announced the plant closings last month, resulting in 1,300 job cuts in Norfolk and 365 in West Point. Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk sent a letter to Tyson Chairman John Tyson asking the company to pay $2 million for closing the Norfolk plant. Flood said the local school district will lose $5 million in state aid after losing students whose families are leaving because of the closing. He outlined more than $2 million in other losses for the city and local organizations. Tyson replied it would donate $100,000 over the next two years to the Norfolk Area United Way to help it maintain services, and that it would give $25,000 to West Point for a new community center. The plants ended operations in mid-February as part of a plan designed to make Tyson''s beef operations more efficient. Production has been shifted primarily to the company''s complex in Dakota City, which opened a new $80 million beef processing addition last week. Tyson now employs about 9,000 people in Nebraska, including 3,800 at the Dakota City plant.