It's been a long three months, but the Poultry Growers Co-Op is back in business. Workers were back at the old Hinton plant after a three-month hiatus. The plant shut down last September to cut back on costs.
Thanks to the local growers Co-Op, around 475 jobs are back in Hinton. The Co-Op bought back the company from Pilgram's Pride to re-open the plant. A Virginia Tech study estimated a $225,000,000 loss to the local economy.
And almost as ironic as it is, the Co-Op says it has a lot to be thankful for following this Thanksgiving weekend.
"It's just kind of humbling to us," says Co-Op representative Sonny Meyerhoeffer, "to have the things that have tenth place this summer and to take us to this spot. What a blessing it really is."
The company opened up bright and early Sunday, processing meat at 5 a.m. this morning.