Pilgrim’s Pride Reopens Idled Chicken Plant

DOUGLAS, Ga. (AP) -- Pilgrim's Pride Corp. says it will reopen an idled south Georgia poultry plant, putting more than 1,000 people back to work.

Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. on Thursday reported plans to re-open its chicken processing plant in Douglas by January 2011. The company will reopen two other idled facilities, one by mid-2011 and the other by spring 2012.

Gov. Sonny Perdue issued a statement welcoming the reopening of the plant and saying it will support at least 3,000 additional jobs, including growers.

The reopenings will boost Pilgrim's Pride's production by 10 percent, or about 3.5 million birds a week.

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