PORTALES (KSMX)- Around 40 employees were laid off at the Ready Roast Nut Company peanut plant in Portales on Friday, including Plant Manager Jim Lucero.
According to the Eastern New Mexico News, The layoffs follow the recent purchase of the plant by Hampton Farms, which already owned a peanut processing plant in Portales prior to the purchase.
Officials from the Portales Ready Roast plant said they were unable to comment on the layoffs, but said a press release would be out later this week with more information.
However, reports did say Hampton Farms is looking forward to growing its operations in Portales given the recent acquisition and its 21-year history operating in the area.
The Ready Roast plant opened its doors in 2015, taking over the 25-year-old Sunland plant that closed in 2013. The state provided the newly opened Ready Roast plant with $1.5 million in the Local Economic Development Act and Job Training Incentive Program funds at the time.