‘We are here to help’: Pilgrim’s reaches out to closing Coca-Cola plant employees with potential job offers

‘We are here to help’: Pilgrim’s reaches out to closing Coca-Cola plant employees with potential job

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Pilgrim’s Pride has offered potential jobs to the 74 employees who will lose their jobs when a Coca-Cola manufacturing plant in Nacogdoches closes its doors.

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in April, resulting in the termination of 74 workers.

The Pilgrim’s Pride hiring office has reached out to those 74 employees to let them know they would try to find a position for them at its facilities. Many manufacturing plants share similar positions that require a certain skill set which the laid-off employees may know, according to Tara Rudisill with Pilgrim’s human resources.

“It’s unfortunate when an organization has to go through a change like the one that they’re faced with,” said Rudisill. “Our hearts really reach out to the [74] employees that are going to be faced with this next chapter in their life, looking for employment. We’re here to help any way that we can."

According to Rudisill some of the positions would require retraining. Pilgrim’s offers paid training.

If a job at Pilgrim’s isn’t a good fit, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and Workforce Solutions said every effort will be made to help. A job fair will be held later this year.

Coca-Cola told leaders it is not shutting down its sales and distribution facility located on Northwest Stallings Drive.

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