PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - After more than 44 years in operation, the L.A. Darling Company announced Thursday it will close its Piggott store fixture manufacturing plant.
According to a news release from the company, the factory will close on Friday, May 15.
Jackie Elliott, general manager, met with approximately 70 employees to inform them of the closure.
Darling cited market changes and a decline in demand for laminated wood store fixtures, which the Piggott plant produces, as reasons for the company to “realign production capabilities.”
The Piggott plant began operations in 1971.
“We appreciate the relationship we have had with our employees in Piggott over the decades, and understand the impact of the closure on them, their families, and the community,” Elliott said. “However, the company's actions are a necessary response to changing market conditions.”
The company stated it would work with the Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to help affect employees.