Tyson plants closing in Illinois and Wisconsin

Tyson Foods announced today that it’s closing two plants, one in Jefferson, Wisconsin and another in Chicago, Illinois. The decision will affect approximately 880 workers.

The company said in a statement Thursday the closures are due to changing product needs, the age of both facilities and prohibitive cost of renovations, as well as the distance of the Chicago plant from its raw material supply base.

Job losses at the Chicago plant will total around 480 people and about 400 at Jefferson.

Both the pepperoni plant in Jefferson, Wisconsin and the Chicago, Illinois, facility, which makes prepared foods for the hospitality industry, are expected to close during the second half of the company’s fiscal which ends October 1, 2016.

The company said the affected workers will be encouraged to apply for openings within Tyson.

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