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Hoke to lose 1,000 jobs as poultry plant closes

Posted May 15, 2013

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— House of Raeford Inc. has informed state officials that it will close a poultry processing facility in Hoke County in July, eliminating more than 1,000 jobs.

The company filed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notices with the state Department of Commerce last Friday. It lists July 13 as the closing date for the plant, which employs a total of 1,060 workers.

House of Raeford announced in March that it would close the plant, a hatchery in Rose Hill and turkey growing operations in eastern North Carolina in four to six months.

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  • btneast May 16, 2013

    btneast why did you move?

    I grew up and moved away. I was born and raised in Raeford. My mother lived there up until 2 years ago. The old Upchurch Milling Company smelled, but that has been gone for a long time. The turkey plant never really smelled, at least not relative to what I consider a smelly factory. 1,000 jobs is a big hit economically for a town the size of Raeford. Regardless of your opinion of the workers or the company, that is going to have a significant impact locally.

  • Sherlock May 16, 2013

    The smell is minimal ( I used to live 6 blocks from the plant). btneast why did you move? Remember that he has another plant just up the road that will not be closing.. Other businesses will be coming into town. Do not believe the city will suffer that much. But made good points

  • btneast May 16, 2013

    Tis is great news, as the smell will be gone, people running in from of your car. The value of my property will go up.

    The smell is minimal ( I used to live 6 blocks from the plant).

    Its maybe a 100 yard stretch that people cross the road....

    You property value will go down with that large abandoned plant around the corner. When local businesses suffer and go under possibly, that won't help much either. A higher unemployment rate isn't a big help for resale value either.

  • lopo May 16, 2013

    I guess no one will mention that another Union controlled plant has destryoed the American dream, AGAIN. I've seen management do their best to pay a fair wage for unskilled labor but with all the workmans comp claims, employees not showing up for work or slow performance and the union fighting management and now Obama care, they finally went under. Yes Liberals are at fault. Just like any city controlled by democrats.

  • Sherlock May 16, 2013

    Tis is great news, as the smell will be gone, people running in from of your car. The value of my property will go up. The city will be in better shape for the water system as there will be no more dumping. Just great news.

  • btneast May 16, 2013

    CEOs that place more stock in profit margin than quality of life for their employees.

    Its a delicate balance to take care of your employees and still maintain an acceptable profit margin. If the profit margin is down, they get canned. The stockholders drive that process, the CEO is merely the instrument that does the work of the share holders. By the way, the majority of shareholders are pension funds and mutual funds....of which many of us participate in. If you have retired relatives or friends, they are likely shareholders through their retirement.....so being a profitable company eventually trickles down to affecting their retirement income. If the companies that the pension funds invest in don't do well, then Grandpa's retirement fund doesn't do well. We are all more connected than some seem to realize.

  • btneast May 15, 2013

    large corporations who flock to where the cheapest workers are,

    That has been going on since the dawn of the industrial revolution.

  • btneast May 15, 2013

    Blame the money grubbing banks that destroyed the economy

    They were but one element of the economic downturn. People living on credit cards and debt up to their eyeballs is to me the cornerstone of the downturn.

  • redspringssean May 15, 2013

    Wonder if the salmonella outbreak in Fayetteville is related to the lack of plant oversight. As one of the largest employers in Hoke county, this is going to hurt.

  • justincaseur2 May 15, 2013

    @Proud Black Constitutionalist

    The NC Legislature just approved a measure that will destroy NC environmental protections and set them at the minimum under federal law (which are minimums not maximums).

    You really can't be serious about blaming the gov't.

    Fact is, all the illegals that used to work there for peanuts so that you could have cheap chicken went home when the economy tanked.

    If you want to blame anyone, put it where it belongs. Blame the money grubbing banks that destroyed the economy, large corporations who flock to where the cheapest workers are, and CEOs that place more stock in profit margin than quality of life for their employees.

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