FORT SMITH, ARK. — Shortly following Tyson Foods’ announcement that it would close its Van Buren, Ark., facility, Twin Rivers Foods reached out to Tyson employees with an offer to join its team.

In a Facebook post, posted on March 16, Twin Rivers said it welcomes all Tyson team members to work at its 2nd Street plant located in downtown Fort Smith, Ark.

“We have openings on first and second shift and will honor your seniority with Twin Rivers vacation schedule and holidays,” Twin Rivers said. “You will be eligible for the Twin Rivers group benefits plans immediately upon starting.”

The company is offering a sign-on bonus of $500 — $250 on the first day of work and $250 after 60 days with Twin Rivers.

The Van Buren Tyson plant will cease operations by May 12. The closure will affect 969 workers.

In previous statements, Tyson said it is working closely with state and local agencies and officials to provide resources and assistance to those who prefer to remain in Van Buren rather than relocate to another Tyson plant.

“While the decision was not easy, it reflects our broader strategy to strengthen our poultry business by optimizing operations and utilizing the full available capacity at each plant,” said Derek Burleson, spokesperson for Tyson. “We are working directly with impacted team members to help ensure they have the option to apply for open positions and relocation assistance where applicable to other Tyson Foods facilities.”