BOAZ, AL (WZDX) - 1,200 people will no longer have employment after the first of the year at the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Boaz.
Boaz Mayor Tim Walker confirmed that the decision was made official Tuesday afternoon in a meeting with plant representatives.
"Their minds were already made up. This was just to make all the rumors official. This decision was probably made several months ago," said Walker.
Walker said Pilgrim's Pride officials told him many of the employees will be offered positions at the company's plants in Guntersville and Russellville.
"They would be closing January the 24th and they would be consolidating some of those jobs into Guntersville into their processing and kill plants for chickens, and with Russellville, Alabama," said Walker.
Walker told FOX54 he is upset with the announcement because the city has poured its own into the plant through utility upgrades and tax breaks at Pilgrim's Pride request.
"They said that they are going to cut the building up, take all of the supplies away and that they would not market it to anybody or any other competitor. You know, that's wrong too because the infrastructure that has been paid for and put into that. It isn't completely theirs," said Walker.