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TAR HEEL, NC (WWAY) — Shareholders have approved the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company. The buyout comes amid food safety problems in China, and its impacts could be felt in our area.

As the sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International Holdings, the largest meat producer in China, moves forward, Smithfield workers at the world’s largest pork processing plant in Bladen County are weighing in.

Smithfield Foods employee Adrian Peterson says he is looking forward to the merger.

“I think it’s a good thing, because it’s guaranteed no closures in the state of North Carolina,” he said.

He says this buyout is just what the doctor ordered.

“That’s what we need: some kind of security for us jobwise,” Peterson said.

While some employees say they don’t mind the merger, one man says he does not like the idea of a Chinese-based company taking over.

“It just bothers me that a company like that that’s already in the United States, you know, built by the United States people, that it would end up going to another country, owned by another country,” said William Thompson, whose brother has worked at the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel for nearly five years.

Thompson says he’s concerned that this merger could cost some in Bladen County their jobs, but employee Christopher Fields says he feels neutral toward the buyout, because he’s been told there will be no changes.

“They say it ain’t going to be no changes, so hopefully there won’t be no feelings, as long as nothing don’t change,” he said.

Peterson agrees. He says he is not worried about losing his job.

“I’m secure,” he said. “Yeah, I’m secure.”

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. Once complete, it will be the largest takeover of a US company by a Chinese firm, valued at about $7.1 billion, including debt.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Calling me out after a rebuttal on your comment out clearly shows your lack of debating skills, not trolling on my part. I understand the modus operandi though. Still within the parameters of a liberal democrat. Personal attacks on me and the people who choose to think differently than you is the status quo. Maybe they choose to no longer support this company because of the things China stands for and numerous poisoning with lead. Even children’s toys. Not to mention their communistic ways. I bet you’re a Noam Chomsky fan, aren’t you. Wait, is that the same as calling… Read more »

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2016 years 2 months ago

Clearly, you refused to actually read the article or the most insightful comments that followed; which prompted my response. Please do no post if you are here to troll on articles with the most responses. No one cares what political thoughts you have; it is not a party matter it is an ignorance and loss of jobs matter.

2016 years 2 months ago

So calling someone a liberal democrat is the same as spewing a “racist” charge? Lol. What else do you have?

Guest 10101
2016 years 2 months ago

Well at least you go that right.

Only libs like to hurl charges so fervently? Then why are you doing it? Just proves you’re full of crap.

2016 years 2 months ago

The new governor McRotten will make sure that the same illegals processing your meat will still be working. They can work there longer now keeping North Carolinians out of work thanks to this administration.

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