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Tyson in Cherokee, IA releases 60 workers

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CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV)- "Tyson is the city's largest employer, and their health reflects directly on the city's health," Don Eikmeier, Cherokee City Administrator.   

Sixty people are out of a job Friday in Northwest Iowa.

The Tyson Foods plant in Cherokee, Iowa has made some cuts, officially eliminating 60 jobs from that city's biggest employer.

The plant is the town's largest employer.

When the company announced they were moving some production to other facilities, cutting 60 of the plant's jobs, the city of Cherokee found themselves on edge.

"That concerns us as far as each and every employee out there, but it is something that we understand is part of the industrial decision-making process," Don Eikmeier, Cherokee City Administrator said.

The plant still employs about 500 people, but Cherokee City Administrator Don Eikmeier says this may just be an opportunity for other Cherokee businesses.

"Cherokee, like Northwest Iowa, is looking for skilled workers in many of our employment locations," Eikmeier said.

He says places like the Hy-Vee Distribution Warehouse and other companies in town in need of skilled workers will be able to help these displaced employees.

While Tyson's employees weren't able to speak to us Friday, what we do know is this: Tyson's Corporate offices have pledged to help all 60 employees cut yesterday to find a new job.

Tyson's Corporate office released a statement, saying they don't take the decision lightly and will work with the affected employees to help them find other jobs within Tyson's other plants in the Northwest Iowa area.

They also said some employees may be recalled to work in Cherokee in the weeks ahead.

"Tyson management has discussed several times that the sausage and hot dog business particularly are cyclical, and that the spring and summer is the highest demand time period. I think there's some anticipation of rebuilding employment base as the seasons change," Eikmeier said.

And while winter wears on and those displaced workers look for a new job, Don Eikmeier says he's sure the city of Cherokee will rise to the occasion.

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