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Tyson Shutting Down Two Case-Ready Plants: Jacksonville, Fla., and Columbia, S.C.

Nov. 9, 2023
Meat processing giant continues to make significant changes in an attempt to emerge from troubled times and a seriously turbulent 2023 calendar year.

Tyson Foods will close two case-ready plants — one in Jacksonville, Fla., and the other in Columbia, S.C. — according to news reports published today. This is the latest move in a long list of changes the company has made over the last year to reel in costs and react to changing market dynamics.

Local Jacksonville media reported that the company notified the Florida state labor department that it would be closing the Jacksonville plant Jan. 8, 2024 — the plant currently employs 219 people. It would try to move employees to other locations in the company, the news report said.

The facility was purchased in 2012 by Tyson subsidiary The Bruss Co. and converted to a steak-cutting operation (it formerly processed shrimp products, the report said).

These closures pile on top of what has already been a rough year for the meat-processing giant. Earlier this year, in two separate moves, the company announced it would close six poultry plants; it also laid off some 250 employees at its Wilkesboro, N.C., poultry plant and eliminated numerous corporate and senior leadership positions following the consolidation of its corporate offices to its world headquarters in Springdale, Ark.

All of these moves have come in response to epic earnings misses and quarterly losses for much of the past year.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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