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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Maryland Chicken Processing:
A Layoff for Profit

May 9, 2016

Politicians always tell us jobs are being shipped overseas. But chicken processing company Allen Harim Foods plans to increase its profits by cutting jobs and speeding up work right here in the U.S.A. This competitor of Perdue plans to close its chicken processing factory in the town of Cordova on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which was the largest private employer in rural Talbot County.

The company said it will move the equipment and transfer the 600,000 chickens processed every week at the Cordova plant to another plant one hour away in Harbeson, Delaware. But after cutting the 300 jobs at Cordova, the company will at most add 250 jobs at Harbeson. The company’s sales are growing, yet it had already cut more than 100 jobs since 2011.

Processing the same number of chickens but with fewer workers – the poultry industry’s recipe for profit, with a side order of job loss.