Tyson Foods announced Thursday that it will close one of its Chicago plants next year as it consolidates production at other facilities.
The shutdown of the facility at 4201 S. Ashland Ave., which will occur before Oct. 1, 2016, will mean the loss of 480 jobs.
The company also plans to close a pepperoni plant in Jefferson, Wis. The age of both facilities and the anticipated cost to renovate them was a factor in the decision, as was the distance of the Chicago plant from supplier facilities.
The Ashland Avenue plant makes prepared meals for the hospitality industry, among other clients, said Worth Sparkman, Tyson Foods spokesman. Items like tempura chicken, meatballs,...