Now that it has exited bankruptcy, chicken processing giantPilgrim's Pride Corp . plans to eliminate about 230 corporate and administrative positions during the first phase of its integration with Brazilian meat companyJBS SA.
Reuterssaid Pilgrim's Pride will be integrated with Greeley, Colo.-basedJBS USA. JBS acquired majority control of Pilgrim's Pride on Dec. 28.
Quoting the company,Reuterssaid none of the eliminated positions are production-related. About 160 of the primarily salaried positions being eliminated are based at Pilgrim's Pride's headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas, or in nearby Mt. Pleasant, Texas, the company said in a statement.
The remaining positions being eliminated are spread over nearly a dozen other sites, including Atlanta, Dallas and Broadway, Virginia. Severance benefits, including outplacement assistance, to affected salaried and salaried nonexempt employees will be provided.
The company said it was moving forward with plans to consolidate most corporate functions at JBS USA's headquarters in Greeley. Both companies are evaluating the needs of their organizations and should finalize consolidation plans within the next three to six months.
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