Scoop blog: Pilgrim's Pride processing plant in Dallas to close; 1,000 employees affected

Jul 29, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Dallas Morning News

News release from Pilgrim's Pride: Pilgrim's Pride Corporation today announced plans to close its chicken-processing plant in Dallas, Texas, within 60 days as part of its continuing effort to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.

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James

Mount Pleasant, TX

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Jul 29, 2011
 
Well in a way this is good for East Texas because some of those jobs will be transitioning to us in Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding areas! Sounds like more stability for our area.
ROTFLMAO In Dallas

Minneapolis, MN

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Jul 30, 2011
 
No it has nothing to do with stability. The people in East Texas will gladly work for $7.00 dollars an hour where the people in Dallas make $14.00 dollars an hour for the same job. But then again Texas is 49th in education and falling....rotflmao.
pappy

Midlothian, TX

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Jul 30, 2011
 
Maybe they could not hire enough illegals to work at a lower wage? and did they move some of their processing plants to mexico as some have already done. Was not Pilgrims bought out by one of the largest meat processors from locator in Brazil? and they do pay less in east Texas
Robert

Mount Pleasant, TX

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Jul 30, 2011
 
ROTFLMAO In Dallas wrote:
No it has nothing to do with stability. The people in East Texas will gladly work for $7.00 dollars an hour where the people in Dallas make $14.00 dollars an hour for the same job. But then again Texas is 49th in education and falling....rotflmao.
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Well the house that cost $500K in Dallas cost $150K in East Texas. Property tax rates are much lower as is everything else, so the pay is relevant to the area you are in. In New York, Dallas incomes look like East Texas. It has to do with the area, population, demographics, etc.- nothing else. Don't you think business taxes are much higher in Dallas than East Texas. I would close my business in Dallas and move to East Texas in a heart beat to save the money. You would be stupid if you didn't lower your costs in order to increase your profits and stay afloat in our recession. Education has nothing to do with your statement. Your totally off base on this one. Education just isn't a reflection on the schools, but off the parents and their participation in their childrens education. My kids are up on everything, A students and they peak out all the testing programs and we live in Texas. Clear out your hostility with this company and think clearly. There are too many disgruntled former employees that just like to trash this company when in fact it is just a normal company going through normal business processes. We've hit a recession and cut backs, closing, etc. are occuring in all industries.
MPNative

Leander, TX

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Jul 30, 2011
 
Shipping birds and meat to Dallas is expensive . Shipping the remains (bones, offal, etc.) back to the country is expensive as well ; not to mention property taxes and the fact that Dallas isn't particulary fond of processing plants within its city limits.

I don't know anyone working for $7 per hour. Maybe some research on the minimum wage would be helpful.
Jason

Mount Pleasant, TX

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Jul 30, 2011
 
ROTFLMAO In Dallas wrote:
No it has nothing to do with stability. The people in East Texas will gladly work for $7.00 dollars an hour where the people in Dallas make $14.00 dollars an hour for the same job. But then again Texas is 49th in education and falling....rotflmao.
Hey Dallas Bozo have you checked the minimum wage law lately???
It's more than $7. And $14 an hour, for what in Dallas, in case you have not noticed the job wages there have all dropped. You must be one of those ill educated you are talking about (LMAO).
pappy

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Jul 31, 2011
 
The minimum wage is 7.35 per hour. DAllas and else where.Even in Mount plesant a wage of $14.00 will not support a middle class living. but I doubt if that is paid in Mt. Pleasant. Maybe $7.50 tp $9.99 per hour as the pay for working in a chicken processing plant is usually done by in part by illegalsas well as the locals.
pappy

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Jul 31, 2011
 
Jason is the plant in Mt. Pleasant big enough to add another 1000 jobs?
Terrance

Mount Pleasant, TX

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Jul 31, 2011
 
pappy wrote:
The minimum wage is 7.35 per hour. DAllas and else where.Even in Mount plesant a wage of $14.00 will not support a middle class living. but I doubt if that is paid in Mt. Pleasant. Maybe $7.50 tp $9.99 per hour as the pay for working in a chicken processing plant is usually done by in part by illegalsas well as the locals.
No again you are wrong. Illegals were brought in by growers and INS busted them. They supplied Pilgrims with fake documentation. I in fact know one guy that has been doing it and reported him to INS. You can't expect to work at a chicken processing plant and get rich or even be "middle class." Most of the jobs there are Blue Collar and that means minimum and a little above. That's just the way it is. If people want more money for their work they need to go to school and get a degree. Cutting up chicken, pulling off feathers, etc. is low level work and not worthy of high wages. Same goes for jobs in Dallas. If you don't like what you are being paid go find a job that pays what you want. Unfortunately for those people, those jobs will most likely require degrees and experience. You have to start at square one - one day. You can't jump from chicken plucker to CEO overnight. That's why the United States is lagging behind what use to be third world nations, we can't compete with the wages they are paying for factory workers. Unions, etc. have ruined the United States and now in this recession you will see the decline of it all. Where did you get your business accumen/degree, plucking chickens? Your sure don't know what you are talking about when it comes to business.
Terrance

Mount Pleasant, TX

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Jul 31, 2011
 
pappy wrote:
Jason is the plant in Mt. Pleasant big enough to add another 1000 jobs?


I'm sure they can expand where they need to in order to handle as many personnel as possible. Pilgrims would not be offering jobs there and elsewhere to the laid off people if they did not have openings don't ya think? They would just let them join the unemployment line - instead they are trying to relocate them. Sounds like a good company to me. Many companies would not bother with relocating these people they would just fire them and hire more people in the area of the plant. There are plenty of unemployed people with limited skills that would be excellent candidates for these jobs.

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