Illinois employers warned of more than 1,600 mass layoffs in February, according to a monthly state report released Friday.
Among them are 170 job cuts at a Tyson Foods production plant at 4201 S. Ashland Ave., expected to begin April 1. The company announced in November that it planned to shutter the facility — which makes prepared meals for the hospitality industry — and lay off 480 workers.
That location and another facility in Wisconsin faced closure because of age and the cost to renovate them, a spokesman said at the time. He added that the South Side plant, which has been operating since 1994, is limited in its ability to meet changing demands.