Pilgrim's Pride announces layoffs
January 5, 2009
by Keith Nunes
PITTSBURG, TEXAS — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. will lay off approximately 230 corporate and administrative personnel as the company begins to integrate its operations with JBS USA, Greeley, Colo. JBS acquired a majority stake in Pilgrim’s Pride on Dec. 28.
Approximately 160 of the positions being eliminated are based at the company’s headquarters in Pittsburg or in nearby Mount Pleasant, Texas. The remaining positions being eliminated are spread over nearly a dozen other sites, including Atlanta, Dallas and Broadway, Va.
The company said it is moving forward with plans to consolidate most corporate functions at JBS USA’s headquarters in Greeley. Both companies are continuing to evaluate the needs of their organizations and expect to finalize consolidation plans within the next three to six months.