Tyson Foods closing Wisconsin pepperoni plant on July 9
Company said age of facility, changing product needs contributed to decision to close plant
A Tyson Foods pepperoni plant in Jefferson, Wisconsin, is slated to close on July 9.
The company in November, 2015, announced its intent to close the plant, as well as another prepared foods plant in Chicago. At the time, Tyson Foods stated that it would be closing the two plants because of a number of factors, including changing product needs, the age of the facilities and prohibitive costs of renovations, as well as the distance of the Chicago plant from its raw material supply base.
The workload from the two plants is being absorbed into other Tyson Foods facilities, and affected workers were encouraged to apply for job openings within the company.
According to a Tyson Foods spokesperson, the plant in Jefferson stopped production on June 17, but it the official last day will be July 9.
The Jefferson plant was acquired by Tyson Foods in 2001, as part of Tyson’s acquisition of IBP.
Tyson Chicago plant has been sold to OSI Group
The plant in Chicago has since been purchased by OSI Group, which in June stated that the facility was in close proximity to its existing plant in Chicago, and would provide the infrastructure to support continued business growth.