Processing Magazine

Tyson Foods to close meat plant in Maine

December 10, 2004
According to the Associated Press, Tyson Foods Inc., is closing Jordan''s Meats, a major Portland employer for more than 40 years, resulting in the loss of 285 jobs. Tyson, based in Springdale, Ark., said Friday the 65,000-square-foot plant it acquired three years ago will close Feb. 1. Workers at the plant and its distribution center in South Portland, which is also being closed, will be encouraged to seek jobs at other Tyson locations, the company said. The sliced meats and cooked roast beef produced at the plant and marketed primarily under the "Jordan''s" and "Kirschner" labels will continue to be sold in the region but will be made at Tyson plants in New York, Iowa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, the company said. Tyson took over the plant through its 2001 acquisition of IBP Inc.