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86 laid off as pecan processor, distributor to close Texas facility

Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts is shuttering a facility in El Paso

Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts is shuttering a processing/distribution center in El Paso, Texas. Pictured is El Paso's Bridge of the Americas on the US-Mexico border. (Photo: CBP)

Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts Inc. is permanently closing its processing and distribution facility in El Paso, Texas, according to a notice sent to state officials Friday.

The Alpharetta, Georgia-based peanut and tree nut processing company will lay off 86 employees and “will be closing entirely and permanently ceasing operations,” according to documents filed with the Texas Workforce Commission. The facility’s last day is scheduled for Dec. 15, 2021.

The El Paso facility processes pecans and has a shelling plant, two cold storage warehouses and a packaging/distribution warehouse. The facility operates 13 trucks and employs 23 drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Co., did not provide a reason for the El Paso facility’s closure.

The company is a global distributor of peanuts and tree nuts, with 17 processing/logistics/distribution facilities in the U.S., Argentina and South Africa.

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Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact [email protected]