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October 11, 2011

Streamlining leads to layoffs at Barber

Barber Foods in Portland is laying off another 71 employees as its new owner shifts work to another plant in Oklahoma.

Ohio-based AdvancePierre Foods, which bought Barber Foods in June, is shutting down the Portland facility's fully cooked foods operation and moving the work to a plant in Enid, Okla., according to the Portland Press Herald. The layoffs take effect in December. David Barber, president of Barber Foods, said the move will streamline production and that the cooked line in Portland was overdue to be shut down, because the oven equipment is 30 years old. Affected employees have been notified and will receive one week of severance pay for every year of service. Following the layoffs, the company will still employ 400 in Portland, and will focus that facility's work on raw foods.

Shortly after the acquisition, Barber Foods laid off 82 workers, though Barber said the move was not related to the sale of the company.

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