Tyson will shut two meat processing plants

Tyson Foods Inc will close two meat processing facilities in Manchester NH and Augusta ME in early February 2004.

The plant in Manchester, which employs about 550 workers, is an older facility. Tyson has determined that the amount of capital required to bring this facility to a competitive level would be better spent to accommodate production in more modern facilities. Most of the facility's production, which is mainly sandwich meat for foodservice customers, will be moved to facilities in Council Bluffs IA, Fort Worth TX, Goodlettsville TN, and Chicago IL.

Most of the production of the Augusta plant will be consolidated into facilities in Buffalo NY and Concordia MO. The Augusta facility, which employs about 170 people, produces hot dogs, sausages, boneless hams, and deli turkey products.

Tyson human resources managers will work with New Hampshire and Maine state employment security divisions to help employees find job opportunities.

The company acquired both plants with its acquisition of IBP inc in 2001.

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