HARRISONBURG, Va.— Tyson Foods planned to lay off 45 workers at its Harrisonburg plant on Jan. 2, according to The Associated Press. The company said the layoffs will reduce the number of employees at the plant to 375.

According to manager Danny Sutton, the plant will shift its production focus from whole chickens to cut-up chickens because of high costs and increasingly competitive markets in the meat and poultry industries. The plant's remaining employees will work shorter hours in 2009.

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