Tyson plant in Dawson to close permanently

Tyson plant in Dawson to close permanently
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.

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