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Tyson Foods to close Buffalo plant

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About 300 jobs will be lost when Tyson Foods closes its Buffalo plant on Perry Street next year.

The announcement came late Friday afternoon from company headquarters in Arkansas. They will also be closing plants in Iowa and New Mexico.

The plant, at 665 Perry Street, used to be Russer Foods, and was taken over by I-B-P in 1999. Tyson took it over in 2001.

Tyson says its Buffalo and New Mexico plants are too far away from their midwest meat sources, and the Iowa plant is too old.

Tyson will encourage employees to apply for other jobs within the company, and work with state officials about other job opportunities and unemployment benefits.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.