Processing Magazine

Pilgrim''s Pride cuts 600 jobs at Arkansas plant

July 16, 2008
Chicken producer Pilgrim''s Pride Corp. will cut 600 jobs at an Arkansas plant in response to record-high prices for feed, the Associated Press reports. Pilgrim''s Pride will consolidate its tray-pack chicken business from its El Dorado, Ark. processing plant into six other facilities. The job cuts, which take place by Sept. 19, will eliminate about half of the work force in that plant. The processing plant will be converted to a supply plant, which will send fresh chicken in bulk to other plants that produce prepared foods. Pilgrim''s Pride also plans to close a distribution center in El Paso, Texas within 60 days. The facility employs about 34 workers.