Pilgrimís Pride to close
as it integrates with JBS
Apr 14, 2010 10:22 AM
Pilgrimís Pride Corporation has announced plans to close its corporate headquarters building in East Texas and a satellite corporate office in Atlanta GA as part of its continued integration with JBS USA. Both offices are expected to close within approximately 60 days as most corporate functions are consolidated at JBS USAís headquarters in Greeley CO.
Many Pilgrimís Pride employees at the two corporate offices have been offered positions at other company facilities. However, closure of the two offices will lead to elimination of 158 positions at Pilgrimís Pride headquarters in Pittsburg TX and the elimination of 55 jobs at the satellite corporate offices in suburban Atlanta.
Employee layoffs are expected to begin around June 14, 2010, and will affect both salaried and non-salaried employees in all functional areas. The company will provide severance benefits, including outplacement assistance, to affected salaried and salaried non-exempt employees. There will be no impact on Pilgrimís Pride processing facilities or operations, as none of the jobs being eliminated are production-related.
ďWe 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,Ē said Don Jackson, Pilgrimís Pride president and chief executive officer. ďDecisions like this are always very difficult because they impact the lives of employees who have given so much to Pilgrimís Pride over the years. While we will continue to maintain a very large presence in East Texas through our production operations in Mt Pleasant and a smaller administrative office in Pittsburg, most corporate functions will be relocated to JBS USAís headquarters by June. This consolidation is critical to our ability to realize the full benefits of our integration into JBS.Ē
Pilgrimís Pride employs about 41,000 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 12 states, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The companyís primary distribution is through retailers and foodservice distributors.
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