Pilgrim’s Pride considering other locations after Alabama plant plans shut down

Gaddin, Alaa. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a subsidiary of JBS USA, intends to consider other locations for a poultry catering facility after the proposed project was unable to move forward on industrial land in northeastern Alabama Airport.

After local opposition to a factory that would have produced pet food ingredients, the company decided not to build or lease land owned by the Gadsden Airport Authority (GAA).

“Pilgrim regrets that it will not have the opportunity to contribute to the economic development of Gadsden,” said Cameron Pruitt, Head of Corporate Affairs at Pilgrim’s Pride. “While we remain confident in the merits of our proposed project, the recent Gadsden Airport Authority vote demonstrates that there is no interest in selling or leasing its land for economic development. As such, Pilgrim’s has petitioned the Etowah County Court to dismiss the pending litigation and we will not pursue our proposed project with the Airport Authority. Gadsden. We thank the many citizens and government officials who have given our company fair and due consideration during this process.”

On December 17, the GAA voted unanimously against Pilgrim’s Pride’s proposed plant. Over the past year, lawsuits have been filed addressing the company’s intention to locate the plant at the airport.

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