Tyson Foods will not rebuild Heflin facility

by Keith Nunes
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HEFLIN, ALA. — Tyson Foods, Inc. will not rebuild its fire-damaged poultry plant in Heflin, company officials said. The facility has been closed since September 2006, when the production area was damaged by fire.

Tyson Foods has chosen to consider other options, such as expanding an existing plant or building a new plant at or near another Tyson location in the state.

"It’s difficult for us to leave Heflin, especially given the tremendous support we’ve received from the community over the years," said Bill Lovette, senior group vice-president of poultry and prepared foods for Tyson. "However, we’ve concluded some of our other plant locations are better suited for the possible construction of a new plant or a plant expansion, should we decide to proceed with such a project. We hope to make a final decision in the first half of calendar 2007."

Tyson’s other Alabama plants are located in Albertville, Ashland, Blountsville and Gadsden.

The Heflin plant has been part of Tyson Foods since 1986 and was processing approximately 1 million birds per week before the fire.

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