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Fieldale needs 300 workers. Here’s where they’re looking.
Poultry industry struggles to fill jobs
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A devastating hurricane that struck Puerto Rico last fall has unexpectedly helped fill vacancies in the local poultry industry. “We are happy to have some folks who come up here from Puerto Rico,” said Tom Hensley, president of Fieldale Farms, which operates in Gainesville, Murrayville and Cornelia. “We have succeeded a little bit (in recruiting them).” It makes good business sense for Fieldale, which has up to 300 jobs to fill, according to Hensley.