COPY-Flooded Tyson plant in Wis. reopens, cuts jobs

Associated Press - August 12, 2008 5:14 PM ET

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - A flood-damaged Tyson Foods Inc. plant has reopened in Wisconsin but the Arkansas-based meat processor is cutting more than 200 jobs there because of damaged equipment.

The plant in Jefferson, Wisconsin, reopened last week after being closed due to severe flooding in the southeastern Wisconsin region since the middle of June.

The plant, which makes pepperoni and salami, had 480 employees, so the cuts are just under half its work force. Positions cut include in slicing, sausage manufacturing and stuffing, shipping, sanitation and warehouse.

Mark Odom, vice president of operations for Tyson Prepared Foods, said the company based at Springdale, Arkansas, decided to make the cuts because some of the equipment at the plant was damaged. He said it wasn't feasible to put in new equipment.

Shares of Tyson rose 18 cents, or 1.1%, to $17.07 Tuesday.

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