Pilgrim's Pride closing headquarters
April 12, 2010
by Eric Schroeder
PITTSBURG, TEXAS — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. said it will close its corporate headquarters building in East Texas and a satellite corporate office in Atlanta as part of its continued integration with Greeley, Colo.-based JBS USA. Both offices are expected to close within 60 days.
The closing of the two offices will lead to the elimination of 158 positions at the Pilgrim’s Pride headquarters in Pittsburg and the elimination of 55 jobs at the satellite corporate offices in suburban Atlanta. The layoffs are expected to begin around June 14, and will affect both salaried and non-salaried employees in all functional areas. Pilgrim’s Pride said there will be no impact on the company’s processing facilities or operations, as none of the jobs being eliminated are production-related.
“We recognize that the closing of these two offices, particularly our headquarters facility in Pittsburg, will create pain and uncertainty for those employees who are being laid off, as well as the local community,” said Don Jackson, president and chief executive officer. “Decisions like this are always very difficult because they impact the lives of employees who have given so much to Pilgrim’s Pride over the years. While we will continue to maintain a very large presence in East Texas through our production operations in Mount Pleasant and a smaller administrative office in Pittsburg, most corporate functions will be relocated to JBS USA’s headquarters by June. This consolidation is critical to our ability to realize the full benefits of our integration into JBS.”