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Poultry plant to close in southwest Minn., 200 to lose jobs

LUVERNE, Minn. — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. said Tuesday it will close its Luverne, Minn., poultry processing facility, which employs about 200 people, at the end of the year. The decision to close the southwest Minnesota facility will allow Pilgrim’s to shift production and equipment to more efficient operations.

“The Pilgrim’s team explored several options before arriving at the difficult decision to close the Luverne facility,” said Jayson Penn, Head of Pilgrim’s USA. “We recognize the impact this has on our Luverne team, their families and the local community, and we will make every effort to assist in future job placement, including relocation opportunities at other company locations for all impacted employees.”

Acquired in 1998 from the city, the plant was a former IBP beef production facility that was converted to produce frozen and convenience chicken products.