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Tyson plant in Dawson to close permanently

Officials with Tyson Foods announced Friday that the plant in Dawson will permanently close. (Source: WALB) Officials with Tyson Foods announced Friday that the plant in Dawson will permanently close. (Source: WALB)
The plant suspended operations after a fire in April prompted houses nearby to evacuate and closed schools. (Source: Terrell Co. Fire Dept.) The plant suspended operations after a fire in April prompted houses nearby to evacuate and closed schools. (Source: Terrell Co. Fire Dept.)
TERRELL CO., GA (WALB) -

Officials with Tyson Foods announced Friday that the plant in Dawson will permanently close.

Ira Jones worked at the Tyson Foods plant in Dawson for six years.

"I'm going to really miss working with them because we're just like a family. It's just kind of hard ... it's a hard pill to swallow," said Jones.

The poultry facility employs 300 people. Plant officials said that hourly team members were offered positions at the plant in Vienna.

Jones said he plans to take the offer.

"I'm going to really miss all my coworkers here, the ones that don't go to Vienna," said Jones.

Vickie Johnson worked at the plant for nearly thirteen years and decided not to transfer to the Vienna plant.

"It's going to be really hard for me to start all over again, but I thank Tyson for the twelve years for allowing me to do what I did at that plant," said Johnson.

Those in management and management support positions will work with plant officials on options to apply at other plants around the county.

The plant suspended operations after a fire in April prompted houses nearby to evacuate and closed schools.

Full-time employees at the plant were paid for the time off and will be paid until June 2.

You can read the full statement below:

Last month, a fire broke out on the dock at our Dawson, Georgia, production facility. Thankfully, we did not have any injuries, but the damage to the plant was substantial. As a result, we immediately suspended all operations at the plant while we investigated and assessed the full extent of the damage.

We made the decision to continue to pay everyone who worked full-time at the facility through June 2. And we’ve met customer needs with uninterrupted service from different locations.

We took a detailed look at what it would take to rebuild the Dawson, Georgia, facility. Based on a number of factors, we’ve made the difficult decision to permanently close the facility.

The team members who have worked at this facility have done an outstanding job, and today’s announcement is not a reflection of them or the quality of their work. Our 300 full-time team members who worked at the plant have been notified. All hourly team members will be offered a job at our nearby Vienna, Georgia, facility and we will work with all management and management support on options to apply for available positions at our other plants throughout the country. We will work closely with state and local officials to ensure all our team members in Dawson are connected with the resources and assistance available to them.

We’ll be adding capacity at other facilities to continue to grow with our customers. Thank you to everyone for your commitment to this business, for caring for our team members and customers during this transition, and for everything you do for Tyson Foods. - Doug Ramsey, group president.

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