OMP Foods, the parent company of Ozark Mountain Poultry, confirmed on August 22 that it is negotiating with Pilgrim's about the pending purchase of a poultry plant in Batesville, Ark. Leah Peterson, human resources director for OMP Foods, said she couldn't release any details concerning the negotiations, but she did confirm the two companies were discussing a pending sale.
The company appears confident a deal will be reached, as Peterson said she will be in Batesville in upcoming days to distribute applications and talk to potential OMP Foods employees.
Pilgrim's announced on August 21 that it intends to close the poultry plant within 60 days. The smallest poultry plant within Pilgrim's, the Batesville facility accounts for only 1 percent of the company's revenues. About 470 people are employed at the plant.
Pilgrim's had announced on August 1 that it is negotiating the sale of the Batesville plant, but did not reveal who the other party was.
OMP Foods is a family-owned company based out of Rogers, Ark. It currently employs nearly 600 workers and produces more than 1.5 million pounds of poultry a week.