(Ponca City, OK) As part of an effort to improve operational efficiency, Tyson Foods is closing its Ponca City, Oklahoma, processed meats plant and is shifting production to other company facilities.
Tyson officials are trying to find a buyer for the plant, which has been in operation since 1995.
Dick Belsito, senior vice president, said, quoting here – “This is a very difficult decision because it affects the lives of our people … however, it is critically important to our business.”
Tyson officials have been in contact with potential buyers of the plant; however, no sale has been completed. The Ponca City plant produces a variety of deli-style luncheon meats and ham products.
This production will gradually be shifted to Tyson plants in Buffalo, New York; Cherokee, Iowa and Houston, Texas. The Ponca City plant closing will affect approximately 580 people, who today are being given a 60-day notice as required by law. However, the actual termination of operations and displacement of workers will take place gradually.
The closing process will most likely not be completed until sometime in July or August.