Layoffs At Wayne Farms May Bring More Work To Union Springs

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By Sarah Cantey

One of the largest poultry processing companies in the United States announces plans to lay off more than 500 workers in southeast Alabama. While the news is a tough blow for the Wayne Farms facility in Dothan, it may be good news for Bullock County. 

 
The company made the decisions to lay off 560 employees in Dothan come June 8th because one of their biggest customers doesn't need their deboned poultry, making their deboning line no longer necessary. A spokesman with Wayne Farms said 200 positions could be filled between their Enterprise and Union Springs locations. 
 
This is exciting news for Bullock County leaders. They say one job for them is the equivalent of 30 in Montgomery. 
 
Bullock County Commission Chairman Ron Smith said, "200 jobs come to Bullock County, that's a potential that equates to 6,000 jobs. Can you imagine 6,000 jobs what Todd Strange would be doing in Montgomery. He'd be jumping up and down! So that's what we are doing. We are on our jumping bean."
 
Wayne Farms has 11 locations, six are in Alabama. Right now 885 people are employed at the Union Springs location. 


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