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Pilgrim’s Pride to shut down

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“I’ve got a side job, so I do have something, but that’s not going to pay the notes on the chicken houses. There’s a meeting this morning in Farmerville, and I’m going to try to get there and find out more about what’s going on and going to happen. I’m just hoping the state can somehow help.

“It’s not good.”

Pilgrim’s Pride said it will idle the Farmerville and El Dorado plants along with one in Douglas, Ga., within 75 days. The company said the affected plants employ approximately 3,000 people and that around 430 independent contract growers also will be affected.

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