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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Perdue Farms says it is going to close its Booth Creek Natural Chickens processing plant in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania in mid-March.

Perdue senior vice president of operations, Lester Gray says the plant would require significant and costly upgrades and still have limitations because of age.

The plant processes more than 145 million pounds of live-weight organic and antibiotic-free chicken a year and has contracts with more than 80 farmers. Perdue says it will continue organic chicken production with the farmers, organic feed suppliers and a local hatchery.

The 650 workers at the plant will be offered employment at other Perdue facilities or may choose a severance package with extended benefits. The lease on a distribution center in Denver, Pennsylvania which served the plant will not be renewed.

Perdue's parent company bought the plant from Coleman Natural Foods in 2011.

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