Pilgrim layoffs worry East Texas businesses

Published: Jan. 7, 2010 at 1:04 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2010 at 4:02 PM CST
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By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - For the communities of Pittsburg and Mount Pleasant, the words lay-offs and Pilgrim's Pride, create immediate concern.

As announced Tuesday, Pilgrim's will eliminate 230 corporate and administrative jobs, 160 of them locally.

For the communities of Pittsburg and Mount Pleasant, it is unwelcome news. Pilgrim's is one of the largest employers in the area , and many businesses are depending on it to make their businesses run. Some worry about more layoffs.

"My daughter works for Pilgrim and is also threatened not knowing whether she's going to lose her job with her co-workers," said Pittsburg native Sherry Hattley.

"People are pretty uncertain what's going to happen - what the impact is going to be on the community and the citizens," said Pittsburg mayor Sean Kennington.

"My concerns are that as a business owner our businesses depend on a thriving community," said Pittsburg restaurant owner Yvonne Penn.

Pilgrim's Pride will provide severance benefits, including job placement assistance, to laid off employees.

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