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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Tyson selling local plants
- Calhoun county insurance rates rise
- Local students visit Congressman in
Tyson selling local plants
Tyson Foods Inc. announced Thursday it is selling
poultry plants in Ashland and Gadsden and some other operations in the
state that no longer fit into the company's plans. The facilities
together have 1,200 workers. Tyson said it has signed a letter of
intent to sell the plants to Koch Foods Inc., a private company based
in Park Ridge, Ill. The transaction includes a feed mill in Talladega
and hatcheries in Fair Knoll and Empire. The deal should be completed
by the end of May. Terms weren't disclosed. Tyson decided to sell the
plants after reassessing the future of the Alabama operations
following a fire that destroyed a poultry processing plant in Heflin.
Koch had been a primary customer of that plant, which is not being
replaced. Koch was also a customer of the Ashland and Gadsden plants.
Tyson has operated the Ashland and Gadsden plants for more than 20
years. It said many of the workers at the Alabama facilities are
expected to be given a chance to transfer to Koch, though 400 of 675
jobs at the Gadsden plant are in the process of being eliminated as
production is shifted elsewhere. As part of the deal, Koch will take
over contracts with 350 growers who now raise chickens for Tyson, the
world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. Once
the transaction is complete, Tyson will still have 2,400 workers in
Alabama, out of a total of 107,000.
Calhoun county insurance rates rise
Calhoun County’s insurance carrier has told the
county to reduce the number of accidents and workers’ compensation
claims or they face possible non renewal of their policy. According to
county administrator Ken Jointer the county’s premium jumped by
$226,187 over two years, Accidents in the Sheriff’s Office – seven out
of the eight claims this year – along with “frivolous” workers’
compensation claims in all departments are behind the cost increase.
Commissioners voiced their concerns Thursday morning. Joiner will send
a memo to all department heads asking them to monitor workers’
compensation claims. He also wants the commission to review all claims
and accident reports.
Local Students visit Congressman in
County sixth grade students visited with Congressman Mike Rogers in
his DC office this week. Pictured left to right are Josh Wilson (Saks
Middle School), Tanner Wells (Saks Middle School), Rep. Rogers,
Allison Judge (Kitty Stone Elementary School) and Dalton Chandler
(Saks Middle School).
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