Wayne Farms in Dothan to lay off over 500 employees - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Wayne Farms in Dothan to lay off over 500 employees

Posted: Updated:
SOURCE: WayneFarms.com SOURCE: WayneFarms.com
DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

A major facility in Dothan has announced that it will be laying off over 500 employees after a contract agreement with the company AlaTrade.

Wayne Farms says they have entered a long term agreement with AlaTrade to supply 100 percent of its poultry slaughtered at the Dothan plant. The company says it no longer has a need for the deboning lines in it's Dothan plant and will discontinue the process.

The deboning process does not involve the entire facility and this will not affect the hatchery or live operations. This will however impact approximately 560 employees through a layoff to completed by June 8.

"In the challenging business environment we're in today, this agreement with AlaTrade gives our Dothan facility the ongoing production stability that allows us to be competitive in the market. But this also forces us to make the difficult decision to eliminate deboning lines that we no longer need," said Clint Rivers, Vice President and General Manager of Wayne Farms Fresh Production Business Unit.

Wayne Farms says they will work to offer employment opportunities at other Wayne Farms' locations. Wayne Farms will also collaborate with local employment service agencies to coordinate job placement assistance to those affected employees.

"Overall it was a business decision for the long haul. Our facility will continue to run, our local farmers and suppliers won't be impacted, and we can help our employees find opportunities in this field or other fields," Rivers said.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • Shelby bikers head to Coast on safety ride

    Shelby bikers head to Coast on safety ride

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:05:08 GMT
    Soldiers from a training unit at Camp Shelby Friday celebrated the conclusion of an advanced motorcycle safety course by taking a ride to the Gulf Coast. The trip from Hattiesburg Cycles to Biloxi andMore >>
    Soldiers from a training unit at Camp Shelby Friday celebrated the conclusion of an advanced motorcycle safety course by taking a ride to the Gulf Coast.

    More >>
  • Historical canoe discovered in Lawrence County

    Historical canoe discovered in Lawrence County

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:53:43 GMT
    A piece of Mississippi history, under water for more than 100 years, surfaced in the Pearl River in Monticello last weekend. Now it's at Turcotte Lab in Madison County. "This is a 14-foot cypress logMore >>
    Last weekend, the Pearl River in Monticello receded just enough to reveal a wooden canoe that dates back more than 100 years. Here's a closer look at this fascinating Mississippi artifact.More >>
  • Statistics show Laurel crime down first half of 2014

    Statistics show Laurel crime down first half of 2014

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:11:46 GMT
    The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014. According to their Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, from January through June the department has had 689More >>
    The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014. The report shows the city is down 8.4% in crime compared to last year. More >>