Poultry plant closing; employs 600

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta poultry processing
plant will be phased out early next year, affecting 600 workers.

Wayne Farms said Friday that the employees in College Park will be offered jobs at other plants where possible. The company, based
in Oakwood 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, has 13 poultry plants in
the Southeast.

Wayne Farms president Elton Maddox said "changing market conditions required ... a hard look at our business from the standpoint of customer needs and long-term asset management."

Rising costs for chicken feed and a slowing economy have squeezed poultry producers. Wayne Farms announced earlier this year it was cutting production because of higher feed costs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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