The Pilgrim’s Pride east poultry plant located at 1030 South Pilgrim’s Street in Mount Pleasant, Texas, is temporarily being shut down, according to an official with the company.

Ruben Lopez, a human resources executive with Pilgrim’s, told reporters for KTRE that the poultry plant would not be in production on January 16. He said the temporary shutdown would affect both the day and night shifts. Normal operations at the plant were expected to begin again on January 19, Lopez added.


Lopez did not provide a reason for the temporary halt to production at the poultry plant.

Pilgrim’s, the second largest poultry company in the United States, operates three facilities in Mount Pleasant, according to the WATT PoultryUSA Top Companies 2014 poultry plants directory. In addition to its east and west poultry slaughter plants, the company also operates a further processing plant in the community. Other Texas communities with Pilgrim’s plants are Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Waco.