The planned closure of the plant was initially announced in March. However, at the time, the company expected a closure date in July.
The workload handled at the plant in Cordova has been consolidated into Allen Harim’s poultry processing plant in Harbeson, Delaware. Allen Harim based its decision to consolidate operations on several factors, including the age of the Harbeson facility, a shift in the company’s product mix, and a desire to improve the company’s competitive position in order to assure greater efficiency.
According to a press release from the company, the plant had processed about 600,000 chickens a week over the last two decades, primarily for rotisserie chicken and whole bird packaging. Distribution of the poultry products from the facility was concentrated in the eastern United States.
Most of the affected Allen Harim workers have found other jobs in the area, the company stated.
Plant to be sold
Allen Harim Foods plans to sell the facility, which was built in 1945 by the Cordova Poultry Company. The company announced that it would retain about 10 employees to monitor the plant until it has sold.