Herbruck’s to Lay Off 400 Employees, Citing Bird Flu Outbreak

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, Michigan’s largest egg producer, says it will lay off hundreds of employees in Ionia County as it deals with an outbreak of bird flu.

In a notice filed with the state on Wednesday, Herbruck’s said it plans to lay off an estimated 400 employees at five of its farms — three in Saranac and two in Lake Odessa. The move will affect hourly and salaried employees as well as contractors.

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The company cited an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu, as the reason behind the layoffs.

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