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Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Closing of the Booth Creek Natural Chicken Processing Plant

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Jan. 15, 2014

Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Closing of the Booth Creek Natural Chicken Processing Plant

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement in response to the Booth Creek Natural Chicken Processing Plant closing.


“Upon learning of Perdue Foods’ business decision to relocate jobs from their Booth Creek Natural Processing Plant in Fredricksburg, Lebanon County, I directed the Commonwealth Secretary of Labor and Industry to take action,” Corbett said.


“Our job now is to immediately help those displaced workers become reemployed,” Gov. Corbett said. “My administration has been in ongoing contact with Perdue. Our Labor & Industry Rapid Response workforce teams, under the direction of Secretary Hearthway, are poised to help the workers at the plant seek re-employment with one of a number of poultry processing plants in proximity to the Perdue plant. My administration will work diligently to identify opportunities for these skilled, loyal workers.”

Governor Corbett indicated that Perdue is adding 16 new “breeder houses” throughout Pennsylvania resulting in $6.5 million in new construction and $5 million in payments to local breeders. “I am very pleased that Perdue will continue to raise organic chickens in Pennsylvania and support Pennsylvania agriculture,” Corbett said.

The Department of Labor & Industry’s Rapid Response unit provides workers who are facing a layoff with information on retraining, continuing education, job-seeking, health insurance and unemployment benefits to help them transition to re-employment.

Media contact:   

Governor’s Press Office; 717-783-1116

Sara Goulet, Department of Labor and Industry; 717-787-5279



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