November 20, 2008

                          
Pilgrim's Pride to cut jobs
                

 

East Texas based Pilgrim's Pride is axing about 335 employees by the end of the month.

 

US's largest chicken producer wants to reduce costs amid a slumping operating environment.

 

The Pittsburg-based company says the layoff comprises about one percent of its total work force. The retrenchment will involve salaried, and non-salaried positions and have been divided among nearly all of the company's 36 locations.

 

Pilgrim's Pride is burdened by debt due to last year's $1.3 billion acquisition of rival Gold Kist.

 

The company is notifying affected workers this week.

 

Pilgrim's Pride has made other layoffs this year, including 700 cuts at a plant in El Dorado, Arkansas.