Poultry plant closes in Buffalo, Mo.

Friday, October 3, 2008 | 11:43 a.m. CDT

BUFFALO, Mo. — About 465 people are losing their jobs at a rural Missouri poultry processing plant.

The Petit Jean plant in Buffalo, Mo., is shutting down Friday. The closing comes after Tyson Foods officials notified the chicken processing plant in August that it would not renew its contract.

Plant manager Frank Sanderson says most of the employees already have been looking for other jobs, while he has been unsuccessfully looking for ways to keep the plant open. So far, there are no buyers nor new contractors.

Sanderson says most of the plant's employees are from Dallas County. But some commute from neighboring areas such as Hickory, Polk, Laclede and Greene counties.


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