According to local news reports, Tyson Foods will close one of its production facilities in southern Wisconsin in a move that impacts 62 workers.
The reports from Aug. 13 cite a layoff notice from Tyson to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development saying that the meat giant will permanently cease all operations at its plant in Jefferson, WI — about halfway between Milwaukee and Madison — by Sept. 16.
That factory operates as LD Foods, primarily supplying prepared food products to quick-service restaurants.
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Of those jobs being eliminated, nine are salaries positions and 53 are hourly. Tyson said workers there will remain employed until Oct. 14 or within 14 days of that date. A smaller number of Jefferson workers may remain through a later date to "maintain the integrity of the leased facility and address any final customer concerns."
“The closure is due to a combination of factors, including the changing product needs of our customers," a Tyson spokesperson said in the layoff notice. "This was a very tough decision, but because business needs have changed, we’ve decided to take these steps in order continue focusing on and investing in strategic growth priorities where we have a competitive advantage.”
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