Tyson Foods closing Georgia facility after fire

Company to add capacity at other plants to continue growth.

Krissa Welshans 1, Feedstuffs Editor

May 29, 2018

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Tyson Foods announced last week that, due to “substantial damage” from a fire last month, it will be closing one of its facilities in Georgia.

“Last month, a fire broke out on the dock at our Dawson, Ga., production facility. Thankfully, we did not have any injuries, but the damage to the plant was substantial. As a result, we immediately suspended all operations at the plant while we investigated and assessed the full extent of the damage,” the company said in a statement.

Full-time employees who worked at the facility will continue to be paid through June 2. Tyson also said it has met customer needs with uninterrupted service from different locations.

“We took a detailed look at what it would take to rebuild the Dawson, Ga., facility. Based on a number of factors, we’ve made the difficult decision to permanently close the facility.”

Tyson said employees of the facility have done an “outstanding job” and that the announcement “is not a reflection of them or the quality of their work.”

The 300 full-time team members who worked at the plant have been notified of the closure, and all hourly team members will be offered a job at the nearby Vienna, Ga., facility. Additionally, the company said it will work with all management and management support on options to apply at other plants throughout the country.

Further, Tyson said it will be adding capacity at other facilities to continue to grow with its customers.

“Thank you to everyone for your commitment to this business, for caring for our team members and customers during this transition and for everything you do for Tyson Foods,” the company said.

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