ROBARDS, Ky (WEHT) – One of Henderson County’s largest employers is reducing its workforce.

Tyson Foods will cut 200 jobs at its Robards, Kentucky facility. Some of those layoffs will begin as early as next week. Tyson says the reason for the workforce reduction is because the company is changing its product mix coming from the plant to meet consumer demands. The plant will move away from frozen products and more toward fully prepared foods.

The shift will mean changes in production, including additional automation. After the job cuts, there will still be 1,250 employees left at the factory.

Tyson Foods sent out the following statement:

“Tyson Foods’ fully cooked, value-added chicken products continue to meet the growing demand for convenience from consumers. Due to this growing demand, beginning Jan. 24, 2022, we are shifting our product mix to reflect consumer behaviors and meet the needs of our customers. Unfortunately, this change in product mix will result in reducing our workforce at that facility. However, all team members affected will receive relocation assistance to our nearby Humboldt and Shelbyville, Tennessee, facilities. We are also working with state and local agencies and officials to help ensure all team members, who choose not to relocate, are connected to the resources and assistance available to them.”