Pilgrim's Pride Cutting Jobs, Possibly In Region 8

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Pilgrim's Pride tells Region 8 News that economic problems are forcing them to cut 335 jobs nationwide.

With locations in Region 8, this may include job cuts to our area. Director of Corporate Communications Ray Atkinson tells kait8.com that the cuts will average less than 10 position cuts per location, though each location will be affected differently.

Employees being let go will get severance benefits and outplacement assistance, according to Atkinson.

"Our company and our industry are facing the toughest operating environment in decades, and it is absolutely critical for Pilgrim's Pride to continue to do everything we can to operate our business as efficiently as possible. The dynamics of the chicken industry have changed dramatically over the past year, and we must continue to evaluate our organization to match the realities of the marketplace. " says Atkinson.

"Decisions like this are always very difficult because they affect the lives of employees who have contributed so much to our company. We sincerely regret that such a decision was necessary, but we are committed to helping these employees as much as we can during this period." he adds.

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation is the largest chicken company in the U.S. according to their website.