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Tyson closes three plants, sells part of its Latin America poultry business

Tyson Foods media relations personnel have not commented on how the closure of three plants elsewhere in the United States could impact operations locally.

 

Tyson announced plans to close plants in Iowa, New York and New Mexico over the weekend, saying the closures will take place over the next year and are due to massive renovations needed in Iowa as well as the distance of the New York and New Mexico plants to the company's base in the Midwest.

The decision affects about 950 employees, roughly the same number of workers here in Emporia.

Also this weekend, Tyson announced it was selling its Mexico- and Brazil-based poultry business to Pilgrim's Pride. The cash transaction is valued at $575 million. Sale proceeds will help pay down debt after Tyson acquired Hillshire Farms earlier this year.

Separately, Tyson has not given further details from last week's ammonia release that injured people and sent a contract worker to Newman Regional Health for treatment. The contract crew was working on the plant's refrigeration system when a leak developed. The release led to the temporary evacuation of 400 employees.

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