TYSON FOODS TO CLOSE CHEROKEE PLANT

TYSON FOODS TO CLOSE CHEROKEE PLANT

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TYSON FOODS HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO CLOSE ITS PLANT IN CHEROKEE, IOWA; ALONG WITH TWO OTHER FACILITIES IN NEW YORK AND NEW MEXICO.

TYSON SPOKESMAN GARY MICKELSON SAYS THE CHEROKEE PLANT WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 27TH.

THE DECISION AFFECTS APPROXIMATELY 450 WORKERS EMPLOYED THERE.

THE CHEROKEE PLANT HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1965, AND PRODUCES DELI MEATS, HAM, CANADIAN BACON AND HOT DOGS.

THE COMPANY SAYS THE AGE OF THE CHEROKEE FACILITY AND THE PROHIBITIVE COSTS TO RENOVATE IT ARE WHY IT IS BEING CLOSED.

MICKELSON SAYS THE CLOSINGS AT CHEROKEE, BUFFALO NEW YORK, AND SANTA TERESA, NEW MEXICO ARE PART OF A COMPANY PLAN TO IMPROVE PREPARED FOOD PERFORMANCE AS TYSON WILL USE MORE OF THE AVAILABLE PRODUCTION CAPACITY AT ITS OTHER FACILITIES.

A COMBINED 500 MORE WORKERS ARE AFFECTED AT THEIR OTHER TWO PLANTS.