Ark. Poultry Plant Closes

A poultry plant that opened in Pine Bluff a year ago has closed its doors, putting 180 people out of work while the owners look for a buyer or new investors. Horizon Foods shut down on Monday and is seeking new money to keep the venture going.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) β€” A poultry plant that opened in Pine Bluff a year ago has closed its doors, putting 180 people out of work while the owners look for a buyer or new investors.

Horizon Foods shut down on Monday and is seeking new money to keep the venture going.

Horizon opened last summer after investor Rory Botto said $3 million went toward renovating the plant, which had been built in 1957. The former Tyson Foods Inc. facility had closed in 2003.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the plant processed older laying hens and shipped the meat overseas.

Lou Ann Nisbett, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, says the plant is important to the community. Nisbett says Horizon is working to solve its financial difficulties.

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