Tyson Foods to close Wilkesboro cooking facility

by Keith Nunes
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SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Tyson Foods, Inc. will close its Wilkesboro cooked products plant on April 1. The closing will result in the elimination of approximately 400 employees. The company said no decision has been made regarding the future of the facility. Tyson’s other operations in Wilkesboro will continue.

"Our oven roasted chicken has been a successful Tyson product for almost 20 years," said Donnie Smith, group vice-president of consumer products. "Despite exhaustive efforts to continue this success, we’ve made the difficult decision to stop production and devote our resources to other products designed to help us stay ahead of where today’s consumer is going."

Tyson’s Wilkesboro complex is the company’s largest poultry operation and includes a fresh plant and food service plant as well as the to-be-closed cooking facility. Tyson acquired the complex in 1989 when it acquired Holly Farms.

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