Arizona-based Tyson Foods will close its facility in Jefferson and lay off 62 employees next month, the company wrote in a notice to the state’s Department of Workforce Development Thursday. Tyson's Jefferson facility is located at 1015 Industrial Ave. and operates as a seafood product preparation and packaging plant under LD Foods Inc., according to the notice. The meat processing company said the closure is due to a combination of factors, including plans to discontinue products produced at the facility. "This was a very tough decision, but because business needs have changed, we’ve decided to take these steps in order to continue focusing on and investing in strategic growth priorities where we have a competitive advantage," a Tyson spokesman said. Tyson will eliminate 9 salary and 53 hourly positions with plans to close the facility by Sept. 16. Team members will remain employed until within 14 days of Oct. 21, according to the notice. A small contingent of workers may remain at the facility until a later date to “maintain the integrity of the facility” and “address any final customer concerns,” according to the company.
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