Weekend Bleak for Allen Family Food Workers

All 447 employees at Allen Family Foods’ Cordova processing plant could be out of a job by the end of July, as a result of Allen’s recent announcement that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to sell all of its assets except the corporate-owned grow-out farms and related farmland. In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice sent June 9 to local government officials, Allen’s said Seaford Milling Company the Mountaire affiliate that has entered into a purchase agreement for nearly all of Allen’s assets has yet to communicate whether it intends to retain any of the employees at the Cordova facility. Unless circumstances change, the notice reads, “…and Seaford Milling Company elects to retain the workforce, the Cordova facility will be closed and enough employees may be terminated to constitute a “plant closing” or “mass layoff.”