House of Raeford announces official closing date

May 15, 2013 3:21:33 PM PDT
Major North Carolina turkey producer House of Raeford announced Wednesday the official day it will close its turkey growing and slaughtering operations in eastern North Carolina - cutting about 1,000 jobs.

The company said it will close its Raeford slaughter plant and its Rose Hill hatchery on July 13. Previously, the company said the hatchery employees will likely be moved to other positions in other parts of the corporation.

The company said high corn prices have driven feed costs higher and demand for turkey products has fallen slightly. It plans to focus more on increasing chicken production and its line of fully cooked chicken and turkey products over the next 2-3 years.

The company will continue to operate its Raeford cooking plant which employs 400. The company said the closures would not affect its remaining 5,300 employees - of which, 2,300 work in North Carolina.

The company said it intends to work with its turkey growers to determine if they're interested in switching over to chicken production.

House of Raeford is one of America's top 10 chicken producers and processors.

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