Pilgrim’s Pride to close processing facility in Minnesota
For The Greeley Tribune
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation employs about 55,000 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 14 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the U.K, Ireland and continental Europe, according to a news release. The company primarily distributes through retailers and food-service distributors. For more information, go to http://www.pilgrims.com.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation is set to close one of its processing facilities in Minnesota at the end of the year.
The Greeley, Colo.-based chicken producing company announced Wednesday in a news release it will close its Luverne, Minn., poultry processing facility, which employs about 200 people. The facility will close Dec. 29.
Pilgrim’s is closing the facility as a cost-effective measure to better serve the company’s key customers, according to the release. The closure will move the facility’s production and equipment to more efficient operations.
“The Pilgrim’s team explored several options before arriving at the difficult decision to close the Luverne facility,” Jayson Penn, Head of Pilgrim’s USA, said in the news release. “We recognize the impact this has on our Luverne team, their families and the local community, and we will make every effort to assist in future job placement, including relocation opportunities at other company locations for all impacted employees.”
Pilgrim’s acquired the facility, a former IBP beef production facility, in 1998 from the city of Luverne. It was converted to produce frozen and convenience chicken products. Luverne’s production capabilities will be transferred to other nearby facilities owned by the company. According to the news release, the closure will have no impact on Pilgrim’s overall production capacity.
Just this past month, Pilgrim’s Pride acquired Moy Park, a poultry and prepared foods supplier with operations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, from JBS S.A. for about $1.3 billion. The company anticipated incremental annual revenue of about $2 billion as a result of the transaction, and it expects to achieve about $50 million in savings over the next two years from the acquisition.
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