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Chicken deboning plant in Neosho to close, hundreds to lose jobs

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 | 2:44 p.m. CST

NEOSHO — The owner of the Twin Rivers Foods plant in Neosho said it will close on April 6, possibly costing 485 workers their jobs.

The Fayetteville, Ark.-based company's human resources director, Doug Quillen, notified the state on Tuesday of plans to close the chicken deboning plant and lay off all the workers.

But on Wednesday, John Ball, Twin Rivers' chief operating officer, told The Joplin Globe that about 100 jobs will remain at the plant. He says the company could someday rehire workers if the economy rebounds.

In his letter to the state, Quillen had said the closing would be permanent. But Ball says that letter was the "worst-case scenario."

This is the second announcement of a plant closing in Neosho in the last two months.

Brass Eagle, a paintball manufacturing operation, announced in late December that it will close in mid-February, costing about 60 workers their jobs.


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Allan Sharrock February 10, 2010 | 7:12 p.m.

I would have thought in tough times people would eat more chicken. I wonder if this is in response to China throwing a fit over the cheap chicken imports.... Maybe they know something we don't yet.

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