Simmons Foods, Siloam Springs, Ark., announced plans to close its poultry processing facility in Jay, Okla., effective Dec. 22. The closing of this facility results primarily from an inconsistent supply of hens available to process and the subsequent under-utilization of the plant.

Simmons Energy Solutions, a propane distributor with operations in the area, will remain open and continue to serve all customers.

“This hasn’t been an easy decision, and it’s only after carefully considering all possible options for the business that we came to this decision,” says Gary Murphy, president and COO of the Simmons Poultry Group. “We have a wonderful team of people at Jay, and we’re grateful for their efforts during this time. We’d also like to thank the city and community of Jay for their support.”

Simmons will continue to honor its community commitments and explore options to use the facility.