ROGERS, Ark., April 7, 2016 –Rogers, Arkansas-based Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP) announced plans to consolidate its front half deboning operations into its new facility at Batesville, AR., in April. As a result, the plant in Warren, AR, will be closing operations April 7. This closure will impact approximately 200 employees.
According to Ed Fryar, CEO of OMP, a combination of factors contributed to the decision, including the available space in the new Batesville, AR, facility, and a desire to reduce the company’s footprint to provide greater efficiencies. “Consolidation allows us to create greater value for our customers and to simultaneously reduce our carbon footprint. Also, the new facility in Batesville was an unknown at the time we began operations in Warren.”
“This was a very difficult decision to make. The quality of the available work force in Warren was very good for us, and we are very appreciative of our Warren-based employees,” says Fryar. “We encourage them to apply for openings at either of our Batesville or Rogers locations, and will also try to assist them in finding other opportunities in the Warren area.”
“We would also like to thank the officials of the city of Warren and Bradley County for the overwhelming support that they have extended to us during our time in Warren,“ says Fryar.
Overall, OMP continues to grow its operations. “We will be hiring 400 people as a result of our expansions in the Batesville area,” says Fryar. Interested applicants can pick up an application at Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services or Goodwill in Batesville.
OMP produces premium quality chicken for the restaurant industry and its products are also available at a variety of grocery retailers throughout the U.S. through its consumer-based brand Forester Farmer’s Market®.