Tyson Foods Closing, 300 Buffalo Workers Affected

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 11:29 PM EDT

(WKBW)
Buffalo, NY

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.

Meanwhile, Tyson says it will also host job fairs and work with the state on informing employees about unemployment benefits and re-training programs.