The southwest Georgia plant, one of the largest private employers in Colquitt County, has been in operation since 2001. It produced case-ready hamburger, beef and pork products for Wal-Mart, according to The Moultrie Observer.
The newspaper said National Beef received a $1.5 million grant from the state’s OneGeorgia economic incentive program when it opened. Before the layoff announcement, employment had grown to more than 450 workers from about 120 when the plant opened.
The 433 layoffs at both plants become effective April 13, the company said.