Politicians Working to Keep Tyson Foods Open in Buffalo

July 26, 2014 Updated Jul 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM EDT


July 26, 2014 Updated Jul 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Politicians are doing what they can to reverse Tyson Foods' decision to close their Buffalo plant.

Senator Tim Kennedy says he will be working with state agencies to determine what can be done to keep the corporation's plant in Western New York and retain the 300 jobs.

All 300 employees of the Tyson Foods Plant on Perry Street in Buffalo were informed Friday, July 25th that the plant will be closing in the first half of 2015, although an exact date has not been set.

"Product demand has slowed and we're not producing as much product which means there's a lot of capacity, production capacity, we're not using," explained Gary Mickelson, Spokesperson for Tyson Foods.

The Buffalo plant is one of three facilities the company announced Friday will be shut down. The Cherokee, Iowa and Santa Teresa, New Mexico plants will also close.

But it's not only because of decreased demand. The Arkansas based company said in a news release "...the distance of the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants from their raw material supply base in the midwest," is another big reason.

"The plant has been struggling, it's been struggling for sometime," stated Mickelson.

The news came as a shock to the Buffalo employees who produce hot dogs, sausage and hams at the facility.

Workers will be notified of other openings within the company but that would mean workers would have to relocate.

Mayor Byron Brown released a statement late Friday night saying he plans to contact company officials to see if anything can be done.