Pierre Foods closes Georgia beef processing plant

by Eric Schroeder
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CINCINNATI — Pierre Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of differentiated food solutions, has closed its Cedartown, Ga., beef processing plant. The company said it expects to transition a majority of the production to other facilities, but will eliminate certain stock-keeping units as part of its rationalization initiative. The remaining products will be co-packed, Pierre Foods said.

The closing, which occurred Feb. 8, affected approximately 153 employees.

"While this was a difficult but necessary decision for the company to make, the shift of production to other facilities combined with the s.k.u. rationalization initiative should improve the company’s competitive position, while allowing the company to maintain its ability to provide customers with the quality products and services they expect from Pierre," Pierre Foods said.

Pierre Foods’ products include compartmentalized meals and hand-held convenience sandwiches marketed under such brand names as Pierre, Zartic, Z-Bird, Circle Z, Jim’s Country Mill Sausage, Clovervale Farms, Chef’s Pantry, Fast Choice, Rib-B-Q, Blue Stone Grill, Hot ‘n’ Ready, Big AZ, Chicken FryZ, Smokie Grill, and Chop House. The company has licenses to sell sandwiches using brands such as Checkers, Rally’s, Krystal, Tony Roma’s, and Nathan’s Famous.

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