Tyson Foods cutting about 500 jobs to trim corporate payroll

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Tyson Foods is streamlining its corporate workforce and eliminating about 500 jobs across the company, mostly corporate office jobs located in Chicago and Arkansas.

The job cuts are part of the company’s efforts to strengthen its overall financial fitness that consolidates some of the functions across the growing enterprise.

Since the acquisition of Hillshire Brands in 2014, Tyson Foods has had a second large corporate office in Chicago where the majority of its marketing team is located. The company’s largest corporate offices are located in Springdale. Tyson Foods employs about 500 in the Chicago office and an estimated 2,000 in Springdale.

“We have an ongoing focus on financial fitness to make sure our business remains competitive. This means we’re continually reviewing our resources including staffing levels. We’ve recently reduced some roles and relocated others. It’s always difficult to eliminate and move jobs, and we’re doing this only after careful consideration,” Tyson Foods corporate spokesman Gary Mickelson told Talk Business & Politics in an email.

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