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Pilgrim's Pride to shut down Wednesday

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By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Some workers in Athens will be without a job after Tuesday.

Pilgrims Pride has been a 57 year employment mainstay for many people in the Athens area.

But Tuesday is the last day for most workers.

"It's going to be rough. Going to have to get unemployment and try to find another job," said Pilgrims Pride employee Artavis Townsend. 

Dale Hanks has worked at the chicken processing plant for 15 and a half years.

He said it is especially tough on older workers.

"We don't know what we're going to do," said Hanks. 

"A lot of these folks have been here 35 years and longer and the only thing they know is the chicken business. A lot of them are in their 60's and they don't know what they are going to do," continued Hanks. 

It's not just these workers who will feel the pinch.

The Daniel Espanoza family operate a lunch truck that serves plant workers. 

Espanoza said the closing of this plant will also hurt his business.

"No severance package from this place? But they'll take care of the supervisors and all this. It's going to be hurting folks," said Dale Hanks. 

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