By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
2:40 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
Poultry company Allen Family Foods has laid off 28 employees at its Talbot County processing plant, the local economic development director said Monday.
The layoffs in Cordova — near Easton — came Friday, said Paige Bethke, head of the county's economic development office. The company employed about 450 people there before the cuts.
The Seaford, Del.-based Allen filed for bankruptcy protection in June and is awaiting an auction date to sell almost all its assets. The company blamed economic challenges, including a rapid increase in feed costs. Bethke said Monday that the layoffs were related to business conditions rather than the bankruptcy process.
The company could not immediately be reached for comment.
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