October 1, 2007

Armour-Eckrich Meats to Consolidate Processed Meats Production And Close Lufkin, Texas Plant

Lufkin, Texas (October 1, 2007)—Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC announced today that it would shift its processed meats production to other facilities and permanently close its Lufkin, Texas plant, effective March 14, 2008.

The Lufkin plant closure will affect approximately 165 hourly and salaried employees. The company will offer transfers to other facilities to some salaried employees.

"This was a difficult but necessary decision to shift production to other plants," said Michael Brown, president of Armour-Eckrich. We know that this will create adversity for the employees affected and we will be providing assistance to them to find future employment." Mr. Brown said that the company will work with local area business and services to help find local opportunities for employees and coordinate with the local unemployment office to assist employees with claims or job applications.

The company will comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), including providing a 60-day notification of the plant closure to employees. Under the WARN Act, Armour-Eckrich also will notify state dislocated worker units so that they can promptly offer dislocated worker assistance. WARN Act notices, where appropriate, are being issued today.

"This move improves our competitive position and will enhance our ability to provide outstanding products and services to our customers." Mr. Brown said.

Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC is a packaged meats company whose products are marketed to retail grocers, delis, restaurants and other food service establishments.   

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