TUCSON (KVOA) – For many years, individuals from throughout the USA would go to Sahuarita to style its pecans and have fun the beloved nut.
Nonetheless, on account of international competitors and the financial impacts of the pandemic, the city of almost 3,000 individuals will take a serious step again from the business that helped place it on the map.
On Wednesday, Farmers Funding Co. introduced that it’ll shut down its pecan processing plant in Sahuarita by the tip of the 12 months. Whereas the farming will proceed in Santa Cruz Valley and San Simon, FICO mentioned it’s going to full shelling in December 2021 and ship the plant’s ultimate orders by means of January and February 2022.
“FICO is taking this motion due to a difficult international pecan market ensuing from tariffs,
low-cost competitors from Mexican pecan processors, and the monetary impacts from COVID-19,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.”These components mixed to make it unsustainable to proceed shelling pecans in Sahuarita.”
FICO shared that 130 of its 270 workers will probably be affected by the plant closure. The corporate mentioned these workers have been notified and can obtain a severance bundle.
The corporate mentioned the Pecan Retailer will even shut in early 2022.
After processing formally ceases late this 12 months, the plant will probably be used to as a chilly storage and delivery facility for pecans produced on the farm.