COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bob Evans Farms is closing its fresh sausage production line at its Bidwell, Ohio, production facility, on Nov. 5. According to the company, too much processing capacity and not enough supply in the sow market is the reason behind the closure. However, the Bidwell plant will continue to process pre-cooked sausage links and patties.

Bidwell’s production volume will be shifted to the company’s other fresh production plants in Xenia, Ohio; Hillsdale, Mich.; and Richardson, Texas. Fifty-seven employees affected by this move will receive severance benefits as well as an opportunity to transfer within the company.

“The US pork industry is facing several significant issues right now,” said Steve Meyer, agriculture analyst of Paragon Economics. “The smallest herd in 200 years coupled with higher production costs and soaring feed costs has created a challenging environment for producers.”

“This was a very difficult decision made for the long-term health of the organization,” added Mike Townsley, president of the company’s food products division. “Bob Evans Farms has roots in Gallia County and the employees at the Bidwell plant have been loyal and hard working. We appreciate everything they have done through the years to build the brand.”