Pilgrim Layoffs Worry East Texas Businesses

Jan 9, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KLTV Tyler

For the communities of Pittsburg and Mount Pleasant, the words lay-offs and Pilgrims Pride, create immediate concern.

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#21
Jan 19, 2010
 
Prayers sent.
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#22
Jan 27, 2010
 
No production jobs were lost only management.I hope that your town wont be hurt to bad. more prayers sent.
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#23
Jan 27, 2010
 
Thanks for the prayers. Courtney Hayes has not been located. Everyone is still praying and hoping but it doesn't look good. Parents are in Haiti looking for Courntey. Southwire has bought AIG and employees (about 200) have no clue what the effect will be on Douglas plant. Really wish JBS would reopen the PP plant. Amick Farms made an offer back in May but Bo said no.
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#24
Jan 27, 2010
 
Ooops, typo, correction should be Southwire bought AIW.
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#25
Jan 27, 2010
 
There was another offer made on the El Dorado plant but it also was refused.
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Jan 27, 2010
 
old chicken farmer wrote:
There was another offer made on the El Dorado plant but it also was refused.
Any idea who made the offer ? I read a post recently saying the El Dorado growers were thinking about forming their own co-op.
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Jan 28, 2010
 
The DeQueen plant is stepping up production so hopefully that's a good sign. ;o)
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#28
Jan 28, 2010
 
I read on jbs pilgrims pride that they will be keeping things the same in the u.s. for the next 3 to 6 months but that they will be expanding in mexico. that may only be for closed plants i dont know.
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Jan 28, 2010
 
I'm not sure exactly who made another offer for the El Dorado plant. I read about the offer in the El Dorado paper where the mayor and county judge blasted Pilgrim's Pride for still refusing to sell. From what plant workers and maintenance people have told is that the processing plant was stripped. The roof on the hatchery is in terrible shape and the overall building is beginning to deterioate pretty badly. It looks as if Pilgrim's Pride is just going to let it rot. What a waste.
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#30
Jan 30, 2010
 
In all fairness to Pilgrim's , the ElDorado facility had been losing money for years before the decision was made to close it. The company spent a lot of money on updating the technology with little or no return on investment.
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#31
Jan 30, 2010
 
Then why not sell it to someone else who WILL make money with it? Oh yeah, that's right...GREED and not giving a sh!t about the growers.
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In all fairness to Pilgrim's , the ElDorado facility had been losing money for years before the decision was made to close it. The company spent a lot of money on updating the technology with little or no return on investment.
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Jan 31, 2010
 
MP native wrote:
In all fairness to Pilgrim's , the ElDorado facility had been losing money for years before the decision was made to close it. The company spent a lot of money on updating the technology with little or no return on investment.
Sounds like a good example of bad corporate management.
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#33
Jan 31, 2010
 
If el dorado wants to buy the pilgrims plant for 65 million why not start over with that much money they could build a new plant and condem the old plant. this makes more sense than buying a plant that will have to be rebuilt anyway.All the equipment is in use in other plants most likely in mexico.
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Jan 31, 2010
 
The problems with the El Dorado plant started with some of the moves made while owned by ConAg. ConAg shut down it's Arcadia plant and consolidated it with El Dorado and that was the start of a downward trend. In all fairness, Pilgrim's Pride realized the need to cut back in order to have an adequate workforce and the plant had turned around and was making a profit. At one time there was a 50% turnover in the workforce every 30 days. It was little wonder with that type of management decisions it operated at all. Although, the growers from this area had one of the highest ag. stat. in the nation. Decisions like buying those catching machines for $250,000 a pop. The first one they bought failed miserably so they thought they ought to buy another one. STUPID STUFF!! And it seemed like everybody that worked there was driving a company truck. The rotten part of all this mess was just two years before Pilgrim's Pride went belly-up, they were BEGGING anyone with land to build poultry houses. I know several farms that are just a couple of years into million dollar loans with everything they owned tied up.
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#35
Feb 1, 2010
 
PPC/JBS pays off the feds again with 1 million dollars to resolve "donning and doffing" case but admitts no wrong doing, just the price of doing business and this cost will be past on to consumers.
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#36
Feb 1, 2010
 
Robert A (Bob) Wright named by House of Raeford Farms Board Directors as Vice President and General Manager of Turkey Division. Also, PPC/JBS losing great plant manager in Live Oak, Fl. He turned that plant around in short order.
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Feb 1, 2010
 
old chicken farmer wrote:
The problems with the El Dorado plant started with some of the moves made while owned by ConAg. ConAg shut down it's Arcadia plant and consolidated it with El Dorado and that was the start of a downward trend. In all fairness, Pilgrim's Pride realized the need to cut back in order to have an adequate workforce and the plant had turned around and was making a profit. At one time there was a 50% turnover in the workforce every 30 days. It was little wonder with that type of management decisions it operated at all. Although, the growers from this area had one of the highest ag. stat. in the nation. Decisions like buying those catching machines for $250,000 a pop. The first one they bought failed miserably so they thought they ought to buy another one. STUPID STUFF!! And it seemed like everybody that worked there was driving a company truck. The rotten part of all this mess was just two years before Pilgrim's Pride went belly-up, they were BEGGING anyone with land to build poultry houses. I know several farms that are just a couple of years into million dollar loans with everything they owned tied up.
Come to Mt. Pleasant and I'll show you a graveyard of million-dollar machines. Kinda makes you wonder how much of that money went to the execs who approved the purchases, don't it ? ;o)
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Released Grower wrote:
Then why not sell it to someone else who WILL make money with it? Oh yeah, that's right...GREED and not giving a sh!t about the growers.
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They're making more money by keeping the plant closed and taking the equipment to more profitable locations. If (as you say) he doesn't give a sh!t about any of his employees then why should the growers be immune to the downsizing ?

I've watched him kiss his growers' butts for decades while feeding his production employees chicken scratch. Don't have anything against y'all but y'all took your chances by going into debt in an extremely variable market.
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Feb 1, 2010
 
MP native, does "production employees" have millions of dollars investment in doing a job or are they paid an hourly wage for their service with no investment?
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Feb 1, 2010
 
Dear God, you're dense.
MP native wrote:
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They're making more money by keeping the plant closed and taking the equipment to more profitable locations. If (as you say) he doesn't give a sh!t about any of his employees then why should the growers be immune to the downsizing ?
I've watched him kiss his growers' butts for decades while feeding his production employees chicken scratch. Don't have anything against y'all but y'all took your chances by going into debt in an extremely variable market.

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