ConAgra Foods Inc. will close the Odom’s Tennessee Pride sausage factory in Dickson in the fall of 2021, putting about 350 workers out of a job, according to a news report that cited a company statement.
NewsChannel 5 reported the planned closure late afternoon Wednesday. Phone calls and emails from a Dickson Post reporter later that evening to ConAgra spokespeople weren’t returned.
ConAgra bought the Odom’s Tennessee Pride brand in 2012, acquiring facilities in Dickson as well as Madison, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark. About six months after the purchase, the Chicago-based grocery giant announced it would shutter the Little Rock plant, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
NewsChannel 5 obtained what it said was the company’s whole statement on the Dickson closure. It reads:
“Today we informed employees at our Dickson, TN, facility that we intend to close the facility in the fall of 2021. We made this decision following a thorough analysis of our overall facility footprint and the need to operate as efficiently and competitively as possible across the company. As is always the case when we make a decision like this, we have the utmost consideration for our employees and how they will be affected. It is important to us that we treat impacted employees fairly and with a high degree of respect.”
Dickson Mayor Don Weiss released a statement Thursday morning. It said:
“The City of Dickson is shocked and disappointed to learn of ConAgra’s decision to relocate its Dickson operation to another facility. There has been no communication between the company and city about the decision and the city learned of it along with the general public through the company’s statement to the media. I am saddened for the more than 300 employees who will have their lives disrupted and be forced to seek new employment.
“Since its opening in 1989, the Odom’s Tennessee Pride facility that was acquired by ConAgra in 2012 has employed many residents of Dickson and surrounding areas in assembling microwavable breakfast sandwiches. The City of Dickson will continue working with Dickson County, the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, Dickson County Economic Development Alliance and the Tennessee Department of Economic Development to help area employers expand and to attract new employers to the area in our ongoing effort to bring more jobs to the Dickson area.