Georgia-based Cagle's Inc. has announced its intention to discontinue second-shift operations at the company's Pine Mountain Valley poultry plant on or within two weeks after Aug. 19.


The discontinuation will result in the loss of 300 positions, according to the company. The plant underwent a 20% volume reduction in November 2010 due to increased feed prices and a 10% downturn in the boneless chicken breast market. With this most recent layoff, the company will operate one full shift five days a week, processing 320,000 head.