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Cherokee to Receive State Help When Tyson Plant Closes

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CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Gov. Terry Branstad says he's sending resources to a northwest Iowa town that is losing a major employer.

Tyson Foods is closing in Cherokee in late September and taking 450 jobs with it. Tyson is also closing plants in New Mexico and New York.

Branstad says the effort to help the displaced workers in Iowa will resemble those following the closure of a beef plant in Waterloo last May.

“I remember going up there, and meeting with the workers, the community college worked closely with them and the whole community gets involved as does Workforce Development looking at retraining and other placement opportunities but also economic development will be involved in actively marketing for businesses to replace the one that's being lost,” says Branstad.

Tyson says the operations currently being performed at the Cherokee plant are being moved to other more cost-efficient plants.