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Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 11:20am

Pilgrim's Pride to Open Plant, Create 1,000 jobs

Pilgrim’s Pride plans to re-open its chicken processing plant in south Georgia in January 2011.

The company shuttered the operation in Douglas last year as it filed for bankruptcy protection.

It closed its Dalton plant in northwest Georgia at the same time, and then another facility in Athens in October.

Pilgrim’s Pride emerged from bankruptcy in December.

The Governor’s office says re-opening the Douglas operation will directly employ more than 1,000 Georgians and support 3,000 other jobs, including growers.

With the opening of two other chicken processing plants in other states, the company says it will boost production by 10 percent, or 3.5 million birds a week.