A southwest Missouri beef processing plant has informed the state that it will close in April, putting 335 people out of jobs.

Missouri Prime Beef Packers, located in Pleasant Hope, says due to “unforeseen business circumstances,” the company plans to close on April 26.

The company notified the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development about the decision. The letter to the state said the closure could be permanent or temporary.

The jobs affected range from fabrication, to harvest, accounting, maintenance, and quality assurance, among others.

Several meat processing plants have closed in Missouri recently, including Tyson chicken processing plants in southeast Missouri’s Dexter and in southwest Missouri’s Noel last October. The closures led to nearly 700 jobs disappearing in Dexter and 1,500 people are losing their jobs in Noel.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., plans to open an egg processing plant at the Dexter site this summer, creating about 96 jobs.

Last October, Smithfield Foods closed about 35 hog operations in Missouri – putting 92 people out of jobs. Murphy-Brown LLC, a division of Smithfield Foods, closed the sites in northern Missouri’s Putnam and Mercer Counties.

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