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Pilgrim's Pride to shut operations at 3 plants
AP ^ | 02/27/09 | AP

Posted on 02/27/2009 8:48:31 AM PST by TornadoAlley3

PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Friday it will cut 3,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its U.S. work force, as it shuts operations at three of its 32 chicken processing plants.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: closing; layoffs; pilgrimspride; poultry

1 posted on 02/27/2009 8:48:31 AM PST by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

Where will the illegals go?

2 posted on 02/27/2009 8:50:57 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling

To your house, late at night, attempting to take your chicken from your pot...oh, and your pot.

3 posted on 02/27/2009 8:51:56 AM PST by crghill (Guns don't kill people, abortion clinics kill people!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

....and chickens world-wide cheer!

4 posted on 02/27/2009 8:53:30 AM PST by ChocChipCookie ("Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: mnehrling

Clinton took a ton of money from them. Now that there is a new sherrif in town(and his name is Reggie Hammond) I guess the illegals will go make windmills

5 posted on 02/27/2009 8:55:10 AM PST by shadeaud (Time to smell the roses and not the stench coming from D .C.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Gee - this makes no sense - surely Obama has some sort of tax-payer bailout in mind " - otherwise how can he ever hope to fulfill his recycled Herbert Hoover promise of:

“A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

6 posted on 02/27/2009 8:55:27 AM PST by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: All
press release from their website

Pilgrim's Pride Plans to Idle Three Chicken Processing Plants as Part of Organizational Restructuring
Rationalization of Production Footprint Will Improve Product Mix and Generate Estimated Annualized Savings of $110 Million as Pilgrim's Pride Continues Shift to Becoming Market-Driven Company

PITTSBURG, Texas, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (Pink Sheets: PGPDQ) today announced plans to idle three of its 32 U.S. chicken processing plants by mid-May as part of its reorganization. The idling of these three underperforming plants is intended to improve the company's product mix by reducing commodity production and to significantly reduce its costs in the midst of an industry-wide oversupply of chicken and weak consumer demand resulting from a national recession.

The plants that the company plans to idle within 60 to 75 days are located in Douglas, Ga.; El Dorado, Ark.; and Farmerville, La. These plants employ a total of approximately 3,000 people - or roughly 7 percent of the company's total U.S. workforce. Pilgrim's Pride will provide transition programs to employees whose positions are eliminated to assist them in securing new employment, filing for unemployment and obtaining other applicable benefits. Approximately 430 independent contract growers who supply birds to these three plants also will be affected.

There will not be any disruption in the supply of product to retail, foodservice and industrial customers as a result of the idling of these plants, since these changes will only eliminate production of excess commodity chicken. The company plans to keep the plants idle until it believes that additional production capacity is needed.

Pilgrim's Pride expects to generate annualized net savings of approximately $110 million from idling these three plants and to incur one-time, pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $35 million, before any potential asset impairment charges, primarily in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. This includes approximately $8 million of estimated non-cash restructuring costs.

“The idling of these three plants is a painful reflection of the unprecedented challenges facing our company and our industry from an excess supply of chicken and weakening consumer demand resulting from a crippled economy,” said Don Jackson, president and chief executive officer. “Simply put, we are producing too much commodity chicken in what is a very weak market. The actions announced today will reduce our production of low-value, commodity meat that is a financial drain on the company without affecting any of our core business lines or customers.”

The idling of these three plants, when completed, will result in a reduction of 9-to-10 percent in total pounds of chicken produced by the company.

In addition, the company announced it will be consolidating its protein salad production from Franconia, Pa. to its further-processing facility in Moorefield, W. Va.

“We recognize the pain and uncertainty that the idling of these plants will have on our employees and growers at these locations, as well as on the surrounding communities. It is a devastating situation, and we sincerely wish that such actions were not necessary,” Dr. Jackson said. “But the reality is that our country is arguably facing the most significant financial crisis since the Great Depression, with consumer spending on food dropping at its steepest rate in more than 60 years. We are taking decisive steps now to protect the greatest number of jobs and growers in order to restructure our business and ultimately emerge from Chapter 11 as a stronger, more efficient competitor.”

As previously announced, the Company filed voluntary Chapter 11 petitions on December 1, 2008. The Chapter 11 cases are being jointly administered under case number 08-45664. The Company's operations in Mexico and certain operations in the United States were not included in the filing and continue to operate as usual outside of the Chapter 11 process.

Additional information about the restructuring is available at the Company's website or via the Company's restructuring information line at (888) 830-4659.

About Pilgrim's Pride

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation employs approximately 47,000 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 14 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The Company's primary distribution is through retailers and foodservice distributors. For more information, please visit

7 posted on 02/27/2009 8:56:46 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: mnehrling

Where will the illegals go?

exactly - LaRaza and LaMecha will be marching in the streets demanding reperations.

8 posted on 02/27/2009 8:57:56 AM PST by sasafras (TIME FOR A RESURGENCE - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NO MORE COMPLAINING - LET'S GET BUSY!)
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To: shadeaud

I thought the Clintons were in Tyson’s chicken coop.

9 posted on 02/27/2009 8:58:08 AM PST by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: listenhillary

Both.. Tyson and Pilgrims have a lot of farms in NE Texas and SW Arkansas.

10 posted on 02/27/2009 8:59:51 AM PST by mnehring
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To: TornadoAlley3

I would have thought that chicken sales would increase during a recession as beef, pork, and fish sales declined.

11 posted on 02/27/2009 9:26:21 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (PIE FIGHT!!!!!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Have you seen the price of chicken lately?

12 posted on 02/27/2009 10:24:35 AM PST by dis.kevin (Dry white toast)
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To: dis.kevin

Last week we bought a couple fryers for 69 cents a pound.

13 posted on 02/27/2009 1:23:23 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (PIE FIGHT!!!!!)
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