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Sioux City Meatpacker To Close, Sheds 1,500 Jobs

Wed, 01/20/2010 - 3:33am

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials say the John Morrell & Co. meatpacking plant, one of the city's largest employers, will close this spring.

The plant has about 1,500 workers.

Sioux City Economic Development Director Marty Dougherty says Mayor Mike Hobart received the news on Tuesday from plant manager Dan Pacquin, who said the plant would close April 20.

More information is expected on Wednesday.

Smithfield Foods Inc., based in Smithfield, Va., is the corporate parent of John Morrell. Smithfield Foods is the nation's largest pork producer.

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