In response to an oversupply of chicken in the marketplace, Tyson Foods is laying off 250 workers at its Wilkesboro, N.C., processing plant, according to local news reports. The Tyson facility is one of the largest employers in the area, and affected employees are expected to be notified this week.
According to reports, the layoffs will be centered on the second shift, and that employees will be offered other positions at the Wilkesboro plant. The company reportedly employs about 2,200 full-time and contract workers in Wilkes County, where the plant is located.
The Wilkesboro facility has survived two rounds of facility closures by the company, with Tyson announcing the closure of four chicken plants (North Little Rock, Ark., Corydon, Ind., Dexter, Mo., and Noel, Mo.) in August and two plants (Van Buren, Ark., and Glen Allen, Va.) in March of this year.