Pilgrim's Pride to reopen three facilities

by Keith Nunes
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GREELEY, COLO. – Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a division of JBS SA, Sao Paulo, Brazil, intends to re-open three poultry processing facilities. The company said it will reopen its Douglas, Ga., plant by January 2011. The two other facilities, that the company did not identify, will reopen by mid-2011 and spring 2012, respectively.

When completed, the re-opening of the three plants will result in a production increase of 10%, or approximately 3.5 million birds per week, according to the company.

“Pilgrim’s Pride and the industry have taken out significant production capacity over the past two years,” said Don Jackson, Pilgrim's Pride president and chief executive officer. “We fully believe that with the strengthening economy and improving fundamentals, consumer demand for chicken is increasing. By re-opening these facilities, Pilgrim’s Pride will be uniquely positioned to fulfill our customers’ needs.”
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