Back in February, there were about 125 employees on layoff at Tyson's Foods plant in Cherokee but plant manager Jerry Menke said last week that the number of laid off people at the plant is now 15 and will soon be zero.
There are some people retiring that has affected the number laid off but mostly it has resulted from simply putting workers back on the job. The Cherokee plant employs about 600 people, making it by far, the biggest employer in Cherokee.
Menke said the company is refocusing priorities but he is confident of Tyson's future in Cherokee.
"For this plant, everything looks positive," Menke said.
The bacon project planned for the plant has been put on hold while the company sorts out matters.
Menke said that there are a lot of untrue rumors that have been circulating about the company. He said that the he tries to keep his employees informed but he can't keep false information from being written.