Processing Magazine

Tyson cuts 1,665 jobs, closes two plants

February 20, 2006

Tyson Foods Inc. is closing two Nebraska plants — one slaughterhouse and one processing plant — that will result in the loss of 1,665 jobs, the Associated Press reports. The West Point, Nebraska slaughterhouse lost 365 jobs with its immediate clolsing last week, and Norfolk will lose about 1,300 jobs when the processing plant there closes this Friday. Tyson said the closings are part of an effort to become more efficient and most of the work will move to the company''s expanded plant in Dakota City, Neb. Tyson''s remaining Nebraska operations include plants in Dakota City, Lexington, Madison, Omaha and York. The company employed 9,865 people in the state before these closings.

In a related story, Swift & Co., a competitor of Tyson Foods, also announced it would be laying off 300 workers at a Colorado beef processing plant. The layoffs will occur in April. Swift last year cutback production at its Grand Island, Neb. plant and has also closed a facility in Idaho. The announcement comes a little more than year after the company laid off 700 employees at the Greeley plant.