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February 27, 2021
Tyson Will Sell Two Alabama Plants
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat company, announced today (Thursday) that it plans to sell two Alabama plants as part of an effort to reduce its production of fresh poultry.

The plants, which together employ about 12-hundred people, are in Ashland and Gadsden.

Tyson said production at the Gadsden plant will be reduced before the sale is complete at the end of May and 400 of its 675 positions are to be eliminated. The company said none of the positions at the Ashland plant are to be cut. The plants have each operated for more than 20 years.

Arkansas-based Tyson said it has an agreement to sell the plants to Koch Foods of Park Ridge, Illinois. Also included will be a feed mill in Talladega and hatcheries in Fair Knoll and Empire.

Terms were not released. Tyson said many of the plant workers will be employed by Koch.

Tyson said that a fire at its operation in Heflin, which destroyed that poultry processing plant, led the company to assess its operation in Alabama. Koch is a long-time customer of the plants in Ashland and Heflin, and chicken from the Gadsden plant started going to Koch after the Heflin fire.

Tyson said it will encourage Gadsden workers to seek jobs at other Tyson plants in Alabama, including at plants in Albertville and Blountsville.

After the sale, Tyson says it will have about 24-hundred workers in Alabama.

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