Wayne Farms layoffs may affect more than 300 employees

This week, executives of Wayne Farms have been trying to ease fears among workers at their East and West Further Processing Plants, while informing them, as required by law, that up to 363 people could be laid off due to restructuring.

"That is absolutely worst case and it will be a number less than that number," said John Flood, Vice President of the division.

He blames the move on flat-to-declining sales from the brutal economy and a need for the company to be more efficient.

"The west facility is a much more efficient operation," said Flood.

So as he ramps up the West plant, he says he's moving some employees over from the East plant and down-sizing.

WHNT NEWS 19 caught up with some workers on break at the East plant, who worry about the trickle-down effect.

"If they're losing business, I'm thinking eventually we might lose some kind of business or something," said Tony Crosby, a Decatur resident.

WHNT NEWS 19 asked Lily Davis of Hillsboro "do you feel like your job is secure?"  "Yes," she said.  "I guess."

And that's how managers want the employees to feel, even though they told them 27 salaried workers they have only 60 days left.

Flood says the company is trying to help those employees find other jobs before their last day with Wayne Farms.

Some of those laid off workers may be offered positions at the Albertville facility.  Managers say they hope to make the necessary changes so this won't happen again.

Source: WHNT