Pike County Plant Layoffs

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

The town of Goshen, located just outside Troy once prided themselves in growing peanuts.

It was home to one of Alabama’s leading peanut plants: Anderson's Peanuts.

However, over time, city leaders say this agriculture town has shifted to growing cotton and corn.

That may be one reason that Anderson's Peanuts Plant is cutting its workforce by nearly three quarters.

"A lot of their employees have been there for a long time. A lot of years have been put in and it's upsetting to us, the town and the council," says Goshen Town Clerk Traci Shaver.

This company was sold to Virginia-based Birdsong Peanuts in February.

That company will fully take over next month, cutting not only the workforce, but also some operations.

General Manager, Mickey Hughes, told the local newspaper, "The layoffs will coincide with cutting back operations at the shelling plant, and the exact details have yet to be determined. Some of the workload of the Goshen plant will be transferred to other Birdsong facilities."

Many of the local farmers say they too hate to see the plant cut back.

"My son has been working there for 27 years and I think it'll affect the community," says Goshen resident, Charles Linton.

"It's a small place and it's going to affect everybody and everything around here," says retired Goshen farmer Willie Moody.

Goshen city leaders say they may not suffer quite a loss in revenue from the plant's cutbacks, but some businesses surrounding the plant say they expect to see a cut in business.

Some area business leaders expect the workers from Anderson Peanuts to shift to other manufacturing expansions that are set to come to Pike County.

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