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OSHA cites Mississippi poultry processor after employees hospitalized for ammonia exposure

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wayne Farms LLC for exposing employees to hazardous chemicals. The poultry processing company in Laurel, Mississippi, faces $119,341 in penalties. On January 27, 2019, 12 employees needed transport to nearby hospitals after a leak caused the release of 2,100 pounds of anhydrous ammonia. OSHA cited the company ...

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Sanderson Farms income and sales up for quarter

By Jack Weatherly Sanderson Farms Inc. reports that for its second fiscal quarter, ending April 30, net income was $40.6 million, or $1.83 per share, compared with net income of $41.9 million, or $1.84 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Net sales for the second quarter were $845.2 million compared with $813.5 million for the year-earlier period. Laurel-based Sanderson ...

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Sanderson Farms hikes minimum hourly pay to $15

    MBJ staff Sanderson Farms Inc. announced Tuesday that it will increase pay rates for the company’s hourly employees beginning June 2. Hourly line operators who have been employed with the company for at least 90 days will be compensated to an increased rate of at least $15 an hour. The new pay scale for Sanderson Farms truck drivers ...

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Sanderson profits boosted by $37.5 million tax reduction

A 14 percent-point reduction in federal income tax boosted Sanderson Farms Inc.’s first fiscal quarter’s net income by $37.5 million, the Laurel-based poultry processor announced Wednesday after close of the Nasdaq stock market. Thanks to that tax liability reduction, the company reported in a release that net income was $51.2 million, or $2.24 per share, for the quarter compared with ...

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Sanderson plans to build Texas facilities with 1,700 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. plans to build a $200 million processing plant, feed mill and hatchery in Smith and Wood counties, Texas. At full capacity, the facilities would employ 1,700 and process 1.25 million birds per week, the Laurel-based company said in a news release on Thursday. Additionally, contract growers are expected to invest $135 million. Operations are expected ...

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Sanderson rides dark-meat sales to net profit rebound

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. net income more than doubled in the first fiscal quarter compared with the year earlier period – thanks to dark-meat sales recovering from a slump brought on by the avian flu outbreak in 2015. Sales for the quarter ending Jan. 31 were $688.3 million, compared with $605.2 million a year earlier. Net income for the ...

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Sanderson, other producers sued for alleged price-fixing

By JACK WEATHERLY  Sanderson Farms Inc. and 14 other poultry producers have been sued in federal court for alleged price-fixing. The producers control 90 percent of the nation’s broiler output, valued at $30 billion annually, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Broilers constitute 98 percent of the chicken meat in ...

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Low sales prices drive Sanderson earnings down in second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms’ earnings dipped to $47.6 million, or $2.11 per share, in the second fiscal quarter ending April 30, compared with $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share a year earlier. The Laurel-based poultry producer said in a release Thursday that earnings were hurt by sales prices – down by 11.4 percent per pound — though volume was up ...

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Report takes processors to task, but Sanderson Farms denies worker abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY  Four major poultry processing companies don’t give line workers time for restroom breaks – forcing some to wear diapers if they have to wait too long or are denied a break, according to a report from Oxfam America. Those companies – Laurel-based Sanderson Farms, Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and Pilgrim’s Pride – force their workers to endure ...

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Wayne Farms plant in Laurel, Miss, to lay off 500

LAUREL — A Georgia-based poultry company says its Laurel, Mississippi, plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June. Wayne Farms LLC of Oakwood, Georgia, said in a news release that one customer has contracted for the entire plant’s output, but wants only whole birds. Spokesman Frank Singleton said in a telephone ...

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