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Cherokee bracing for Tyson plant shutdown

By Staff | Jul 30, 2014

CHEROKEE (AP) – One small northwest Iowa town is preparing to deal with the loss of 450 jobs this fall when the Tyson Foods plant in Cherokee closes, and business owners are worrying about what it will mean.

The Tyson plant is the second-largest employer in Cherokee.

Cherokee Mayor Mark Murphy said he was surprised by Friday’s announcement of the plant closing, and the city will try to help plant workers find other jobs in the area.

Linda McClaren said she knows her American Theater will be affected because going to the movies is something people do when they have extra money to spend.

Closing 3 plants

Tyson Foods Inc. announced on July 25 it’s closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company’s product needs have changed.

Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat processor, announced Friday the planned closures of the plants in Cherokee; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Santa Teresa, N.M.

The company said the action will enable it to move some of the operations and equipment at the plants to other, more cost-efficient Tyson sites.

The Cherokee plan will close Sept. 27, and the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants are expected to shut down in the first half of 2015.

The affected workers will be encouraged to apply for job openings elsewhere in the company and will be invited to job fairs organized by the company, Tyson said.

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