Pork plant employee layoff in Sioux City
Unfavorable market conditions have led John Morrell
& Co to temporarily discontinue its second shift pig processing operations
at its Sioux City, Iowa, plant, as from this week.
The discontinuation in the plant, a Smithfield Foods subsidiary, will result
in the temporary layoff of about 485 workers who work the second shift at the
"This is a
difficult but necessary decision to discontinue the second shift," said Joseph
B. Sebring, president of John Morrell. "We hope to resume second shift
operations when market conditions become more favourable."
As a result of the shutdown of the plant's second shift, the Sioux City plant
will process about 7,000 pigs per day. About 900 employees will remain at
"We know that this is challenging for the employees affected. We will be
working diligently to return them back to work as soon as possible," Sebring
He said that the company would notify state dislocated worker units so that
they can promptly offer dislocated worker assistance and coordinate with the
local unemployment office to assist employees with claims or job applications.
Swift & Co., looking to fill positions made vacant by last year's
immigration raids at its meatpacking plants, has sent recruiters to Sioux City
hoping to recruit some of the employees in search for a job.
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