Bad News for Valley's Struggling Poultry Industry

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

Close to 200 workers at Tyson get the pink slip. The plant here in Harrisonburg is simplifying its product, meaning they don't need the extra employees.

"The decision was made however for the long term financial health and solidifying long term health of this operation. It's a good decision," says Danny Sutton, the complex manager at the Harrisonburg Plant.

Employees were informed of the cuts Monday afternoon and management here has been working with them to figure out other positions that they maybe able to fill within the company. Hoby Bauhan with the Virginia Poultry Federation says the industry is changing. And, there is a national trend for companies to do what it takes to meet consumer needs.

"A lot of people in today's busy lifestyles. They like to have products that are easy to prepare. Don't take a lot of time," says Bauhan. Burt, for 200 valley workers that trend has left their futures up in the air.

Sutton says most of the cuts will take place in the plant's packaging operation, with layoffs dividing evenly among management, supervisors and line workers.

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