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Hoke County turkey plant closing in July

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RAEFORD, N.C. -

House of Raeford Farms has set the closing date for a turkey plant in Hoke County.
    
The company says the plant in Raeford will close by July 27, putting about 1,060 people out of work.
    
The company had said in March it would close the plant later this year.
    
House of Raeford is also closing its turkey hatchery in Rose Hill and ending its relationship with about 140 turkey farmers in eastern North Carolina.
    
Company spokesman Dave Witter says severance packages are being offered to those who stay until the plant closes.
    
The company said in March that higher corn prices, falling turkey prices and flat turkey consumption in recent years have made the business unprofitable.
    
The company says it will focus on chicken products, which account for more than 90 percent of its sales.
    
The slaughterhouse is the largest employer in Raeford.
    
The company will still employ more than 2,000 people in North Carolina after the closings, including 400 at a plant in Raeford where they cook turkeys to package and sell in grocery stores.

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