Smithfield Announces Pork Group Restructuring Plan

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Smithfield Announces Pork Group Restructuring Plan

02/17/2009
Smithfield Foods Inc. plans to consolidate and streamline the corporate structure and manufacturing operations of its pork group to improve operating efficiencies and increase utilization. The company expects the restructuring plan will result in annual cost savings after applicable restructuring expenses of approximately $55 million in fiscal 2010 and $125 million by fiscal 2011.

Smithfield Foods says that the pork group's new business model will enhance the strength of its independent operating company approach, while rationalizing manufacturing operations and taking advantage of synergies in key overhead areas such as sales, marketing, purchasing and information technology.

"This plan will create true synergies between our independent operating companies and produce more opportunities to improve the bottom line in the future," says C. Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer. "Combined with the several plant closures we have made over the last three years, this restructuring should improve operating rates dramatically, allowing us to shed low-margin business."