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Perdue closing plant in PA; workers may lose jobs

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 02:07 AM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

SALISBURY, Md. -- Perdue announced Wednesday it is consolidating production from the Booth Creek Natural Chicken (BCNC) plant in Fredericksburg, Pa., to other plants with the capability and capacity to better serve customers for its Coleman and customer-owned organic and no-antibiotics-ever brands.

The Fredericksburg, Pa., plant will close on or shortly after March 14, 2014. The lease for a distribution center in Denver, Pa., that serves the BCNC plant will not be renewed. Perdue will offer all affected associates the opportunity to transfer to other Perdue facilities.

Associates who choose not to transfer will be offered severance packages, including extended benefits coverage. Perdue Farms will also work with other employers and agencies to place as many individuals as possible within the community.

These changes will have no impact on the company’s organic live production in Pennsylvania. Perdue will continue organic chicken production with the same local farmers, USDA certified organic feed ingredient suppliers and organic feed manufacturing, and local hatchery. The company plans to work with its other Pennsylvania growers to transition them to organic production.

Perdue Farms is also contracting with Pennsylvania farmers as it develops a breeder operation in the state.Perdue closing plant in PA; workers may lose jobs

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