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Ark. Poultry Plant Slated to Re-Open Under New Ownership

Ozark Mountain Poultry finalized the purchase of a Batesville, Ark. poultry plant that will employ 250 workers when it opens Nov. 11. The company bought the plant from Pilgrim's Pride Corp., which announced plans in August to stop production there.

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Rogers-based company says it's finalized its purchased of a poultry plant in Batesville.

Ozark Mountain Poultry says the plant will employ 250 workers when it opens Nov. 11. The company bought the plant from Pilgrim's Pride Corp., which announced plans in August to stop production in Batesville.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Ozark Mountain Poultry produces more than 1.5 million pounds of hand-deboned, antibiotic-free poultry a week aimed at the restaurant industry and for use in its consumer brand, Forester Farmer's Market.

The company says the addition of the Batesville plant will allow it to double its weekly production. The company says it anticipates hiring more workers in Batesville as production capacity at the plant increases.

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