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Second Tyson Incentive Approved PDF Print
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Wednesday, 18 February 2009 02:19


Wilkes County commissioners unanimously approved a second cash payment to Tyson Foods last night--$50,000 cash payment--to go along with $17,000 from Monday--if the company meets increased production goals at its Wilkesboro plant.

The winston-Salem Journal reported that on Monday, Wilkesboro town commissioners approved a $17,000 payment to Tyson. Both groups of government leaders said they want to send a clear message to Tyson that the company is valued here during tough economic times. Tyson's poultry complex in Wilkesboro is the largest employer in the county, with about 2,700 employees.

Both payments are based on the same structure. To get the payments, Tyson must increase its production to a weekly average of 7.2 million pounds from the current average of 5.5 million pounds. The goal is based on its production from July 1 to Sept. 30, the end of Tyson's fiscal year.

Tyson is switching from processing 4-pound chickens to processing 6-pound chickens at the complex. The company has idled production and temporarily laid off about 75 workers during the transition, which started in January. Company officials have said that they hope to have the workers back by May.

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