November 6, 2018

Zacky Farms to close Fresno and Stockton plants; hundreds of workers to lose jobs

Zacky Farms, a family-run company that rose to prominence as a leading turkey producer, has officially announced it’s closing plants in Fresno and Stockton.

About 1,000 workers will be impacted, a company official said.

The company posted a statement on its website, saying it struggled to remain profitable despite attempts to seek business and capital.

“…those exhaustive efforts have been unsuccessful and Zacky must now proceed with steps to cease operations. As Zacky winds down, it is presently expected that all operations will completely cease on January 19, 2019,” the statement said.

“Zacky Farms President Lillian Zacky confirmed to me today she will be out of the feather business by the end of the year. This is a sad time for California’s poultry business because the Zacky’s have been a vital part of our industry. Lillian leaves our Board of Directors as chairman where she helped promote poultry in California and throughout the nation,” said Bill Mattos, California Poultry Federation president. “This is a reminder to our government leaders that some of California’s regulations and rules are not helping our industry. In fact, it’s important that our industry and government work together to find ways to cut costs and save the thousands of jobs across the state. Poultry is one of the most labor-intensive industries in the state with jobs for thousands in some of the lowest employment areas,” Mattos continued.  Read more

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