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Portales Sunland Inc. layoffs

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Portales, New Mexico - Dozens of employees are laid off at an embattled eastern New Mexico peanut plant.

On September 24th Sunland Inc voluntarily shut down it's plant in Portales after an outbreak of salmonella sickened 41 people.

We spoke with the president of Sunland Inc in Portales today and he confirms 30 out of 100 full time employees were let go.

And earlier today, we talked with Karl Terry, the executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and he tells us he is expecting the community to rally around these people who have lost their jobs, and will remain supportive of Sunland Inc.

Terry says the plant has always been a positive small business model for the Portales community.

With these residents losing their jobs so close to the holidays, he knows the community will come together and also continue supporting Sunland until the peanut plant is back up and running.