Local news outlet WEVV44 reported Jan. 20 that Tyson Foods plans to lay off 200 workers at its poultry plant in the tiny western Kentucky town of Robards — about 24 miles south of Evansville, IN.
The news station cited a company statement saying the job cuts stem from "the result of a shift in production that was being made to meet the needs of consumers.
The full statement reads:
"Tyson Foods’ fully cooked, value-added chicken products continue to meet the growing demand for convenience from consumers. Due to this growing demand, beginning Jan. 24, 2022, we are shifting our product mix to reflect consumer behaviors and meet the needs of our customers. Unfortunately, this change in product mix will result in reducing our workforce at that facility. However, all team members affected will receive relocation assistance to our nearby Humboldt and Shelbyville, Tennessee, facilities. We are also working with state and local agencies and officials to help ensure all team members, who choose not to relocate, are connected to the resources and assistance available to them."
WEVV44 said a WARN notice had not been filed with the state as of the morning of Jan. 21.