Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced plans to close its corporate headquarters building in East Texas and a satellite corporate office in Atlanta 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 USA's headquarters in Greeley, Colorado. Many Pilgrim's Pride employees at the two corporate offices have been offered positions at other company facilities. However, the closure of the two offices will lead to the elimination of 158 positions at the Pilgrim's Pride headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas, and the elimination of 55 jobs at the satellite corporate offices in suburban Atlanta.
Most employees whose jobs are being eliminated were notified over the past two weeks. The 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 Pilgrim's Pride processing facilities or operations, as none of the jobs being eliminated are production-related.
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation employs approximately 41,000 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 12 U.S.-states, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The Company's primary distribution is through retailers and foodservice distributors.
Source: Pilgrim's Pride