CHICAGO, April 13 Bankrupt U.S. chicken
producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp PGPDQ.PK said on Monday it will
close its Dalton, Georgia, chicken processing plant, a move
that affects 280 employees, as it looks for ways to trim costs
and become more efficient.
The Pittsburg, Texas-based company is operating under
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has been closing plants
and consolidating operations. In February, the company said it
expected to exit bankruptcy by late this year.
Pilgrim's plans to close the Dalton facility within 60 days
and move production to another facility in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. About 120 contract growers who supply birds to the
Dalton plant will supply the company's Chattanooga plant or
other facilities within about 90 days.
There will not be any disruption in supplying chicken to
retail, food service and industrial customers as a result of
the Dalton closing.
Pilgrim's Pride, once the largest U.S. chicken producer,
was forced to seek bankruptcy protection in December after
sustaining losses due to high feed costs, low meat prices, and
In March, the company sold its Farmerville, Louisiana,
processing facility for $80 million to Foster Farms, a
privately held California-based chicken producer.
(Editing by Dave Zimmerman)