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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, file photo, a Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock.

About 150 employees at a Tyson Foods plant in Van Buren will be laid off temporarily at the end of the month, the company said Wednesday.

The layoffs are due to changes in production needs, according to a statement from the Springdale-based meat processing group. The statement did not say how long the layoffs would last.

Those affected may be eligible to work at other locations in the River Valley area and in Northwest Arkansas, the statement said. The company is reportedly assisting with applications.

City officials in Van Buren were informed of a "labor force reduction" by Tyson Foods on Monday, a spokesman for the mayor's office said.

Read Thursday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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