Smithfield Foods to close Portsmouth plant

by Keith Nunes
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PORTSMOUTH, VA. — Smithfield Foods, Inc. plans to close its plant in Portsmouth by early 2012 and transfer production to its facility in Kinston, N.C. The Portsmouth facility manufactures processed meats such as hot dogs and lunch meat.

“The Portsmouth facility was constructed in the 1970s and, after a thorough analysis, it was determined that the plant cannot support the changes in manufacturing technology and product development necessary to meet our needs,” said Tim Schellpeper, president of Smithfield Packing, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. “While this was a difficult decision, this change will improve the overall efficiency of our company and enable us to continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products.”

The company said the closing will affect approximately 400 employees.

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