SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Tyson Foods Inc. plans to close two facilities, which would result in the loss of about 1,500 jobs.
The poultry company said it would close its Van Buren, Ark., facility, which would affect 969 workers. Tyson also would close its Glen Allen, Va., facility, affecting 692 jobs.
The company said it plans to close processing, broiler and hatching operations by May 12 at both locations and shift demand to other Tyson Foods plants.
“While the decision was not easy, it reflects our broader strategy to strengthen our poultry business by optimizing operations and utilizing the full available capacity at each plant,” said Derek Burleson, spokesperson for Tyson. “We are working directly with impacted team members to help ensure they have the option to apply for open positions and relocation assistance where applicable to other Tyson Foods facilities.”
The company shared that it was working closely with state and local agencies and officials to provide resources and assistance to those who choose to remain in Glen Allen and Van Buren.
According to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Glen Allen facility had been operational since 1952. Tyson acquired the plant from Holly Farms Poultry during the late 1980s.