Dothan food processor plans over 550 job layoffs

Published 04/02 2014 10:08AM

Updated 04/07 2014 03:03PM

A large portion of Wayne Farms operation in Dothan will be closed, the company announced Wednesday. The Georgia-based firm plans to shut down the deboning part of the plant leaving about 560 people without jobs. It has outsourced the deboning process to a Phenix City facility according to a company statement.

"In the challenging business environment we’re in today, this agreement with AlaTrade gives our Dothan facility the ongoing production stability that allows us to be competitive in the market. But this also forces us to make the difficult decision to eliminate deboning lines that we no longer need,” said Clint Rivers, Vice President and General Manager of Wayne Farms Fresh Production Business Unit.

According to the company’s website, the Dothan plant employees 850 people. Wayne Farms said it will leave intact its hatchery operations here. Those losing jobs will be given opportunities elsewhere in the company when possible according to a media release.  The layoffs are expected to be completed by early June.

The plant opened in 1968 as Sunnyland, a pork processor. It was sold in 1986 to Showell Farms and became a chicken processor. The plant became known as Perdue Farms in 1995 with Wayne Farms purchasing it in 2013.

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