Fri., October 9, 2009 7:35am (EDT)

Pilgrim's Pride Closing One of Two Plants in Athens
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

ATHENS, Ga.  —  
Pilgrim's Pride is closing one of its two plants in Athens and laying off about 100 workers. But the company expects everyone on the layoff list will be recalled within a few months. (Image courtesy Pilgrim's Pride Corp.)
Pilgrim's Pride is closing one of its two plants in Athens and laying off about 100 workers. But the company expects everyone on the layoff list will be recalled within a few months. (Image courtesy Pilgrim's Pride Corp.)
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is closing one of its two plants in Athens and laying off about 100 workers, but the company says it expects to find jobs for them before too long.

The closing on Friday comes days after the Texas-based company shut down its poultry processing facility in Athens, Ala., eliminating 640 jobs.

Closing the Athens and Alabama operations is part of a series of plant shutdowns Pilgrim's Pride, including plants in Douglas and

Dalton, Ga.; El Dorado, Ark.; and Farmerville, La.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Pilgrim's Pride spokesman Ray Atkinson said the company may find jobs for the workers at its other Athens plant or in its other North Georgia facilities.

He says everyone on the layoff list should be recalled within a few months.