565 workers losing jobs at Farmville tobacco company

FARMVILLE, NC (WITN) - Hundreds of jobs are being lost in Pitt County as a tobacco company says it will shift processing operations to another Eastern Carolina county.

Alliance One International says it will close its Farmville facility on U.S. 264 Alternate in Farmville and move all of its U.S. tobacco processing operations to its plant in Wilson.

A state Department of Commerce filing says Alliance One will layoff 565 workers by January 7th.

The company blamed several reasons for the closing, including increased tariffs on U.S. tobacco.

The Farmville plant will be repurposed for storage and special projects by September of next year, according to a news release.

The company said it expects some jobs to shift from Farmville to Wilson, but didn't immediately say how many that would be.

"We recognize the impact this decision will have on our employees, their families, and the Farmville community, and are committed to helping those impacted as we consolidate our tobacco processing operations," said Herbert Weatherford, Alliance One International's Regional Director of North and Central America.