Pilgrim's Pride Corp. announced the closing of two of its chicken processing plants within 60-75 days. The plants to be idled are in Athens, Ala. and Athens, Ga.

Production will be consolidated in nearby Pilgrim's plants, bringing them to capacity. The company anticipates offering new positions to many employees from the closing facilities.

The hatchery in Moulton, Ala., the feed mill in Falkville, Ala., and other live production operations associated with the Athens, Ala. plant will continue to operate.

The company filed for voluntary bankruptcy petition on December 1, 2008, and has been working to bring its facilities to full capacity since then.