Some difficult news came today to Raeford, where the poultry processing company House of Raeford announced it was shutting down its remaining factory in the town it was named after.
The company announced it would close the the Hoke County plant that cooked and processed frozen food in the next 60 days. Approximately 400 people will lose their jobs, according to this report from the Fayetteville Observer. The company attributed the closure to a 250 percent increase in the cost of turkey and other ingredients used for the food products at the plant, the Observer reported.
The town, located 20 miles west of Fayetteville, and surrounding area is still reeling from the summer 2013 closure of a House of Raeford processing plant, where close to 1,000 worked on assembly lines slaughtering and disassembling turkeys. As N.C. Policy Watch reported last year, many of those who worked at the plant came from the surrounding counties in a a part of the state dealing with already-high rates of unemployment and poverty in the state.