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Birds-Eye Final Layoffs Begin Next Week

When workers at Fulton’s Birds-Eye plant go home at the end of the day on the day before Thanksgiving next week, some will not come back after the holiday.

And nearly everyone will be gone by Christmas.

That’s according to the information filed by plant owner Pinnacle Foods with the State Labor Department.

The company’s filing under the federal WARN act is required for large cuts in employment and for plant closings.

The filing, updated Tuesday, notes that the final layoff of 136 employees will begin next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

According to the note: “Layoffs will begin on 11/23/2011 and run through closing of the facility. Some employees will remain on site after manufacturing ceases for site clean-up.

“Manufacturing operations will cease on or about 12/16.”

Pinnacle is closing the Fulton plant to move its work to plants in the upper Midwest.

Employees have known about the closing since April.  Since then, economic development officials have been trying to attract another food processor to the plant.

County property tax records show the plant is valued at $3.5 million and was assessed more than $90,000 in taxes in 2011.

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