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Site of 2014 Moore beheading announces December closure, hundreds to lose jobs

Fresh Creative Foods, formerly Vaughan Foods, has announced they will close in December 2017. (KOKH/FILE)

A Moore food plant, that was the site of a 2014 beheading, will close its doors in December.

The City of Moore announced Friday that Fresh Creative Foods, 216 NE 12th St., will close December 1. The city expects 367 full-time employees to lose their job.

Deidre Ebery, the economic development director for the city, said the facility played a big role in the city.

"It's devastating," Ebrey said. "I've never had that news given to me but I could only imagine what that would feel like. So it's terrible news for those individuals, especially those that have a long tenure with that company."

Ebrey said it's important for the employees to work on their resume and look out for upcoming job fairs they could attend. There is a job fair on Oct. 4 at the Norman Public Library from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There is also a job fair in Bricktown in Oklahoma City on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"I think job opportunities are really going to make themselves known to these employees and my hope is maybe a lot of them will get a job that's better than the one they currently have," Ebrey said.

Fresh Creative Foods released a statement that read in part: "This was a difficult decision and one made only after careful consideration. We are grateful to the men and women at the Moore, OK, plant for their service, and are committed to supporting their transition - whether it is continued employment at one of our other facilities, training assistance, or other job placement aid."

The plant, formerly named Vaughan Foods, was the site of a 2014 beheading. The man accused of the crime, Alton Nolen, is currently on trial. Closing arguments in the case began the day the closure was announced.

Nolen is accused of killing his co-worker Colleen Hufford at the plant and attempting to behead a second employee. The attack was stopped when the former owner of the plant, Mark Vaughan, shot Nolen.

Nolen's attorneys claim he is not guilty by reason of insanity.

Employees who have lost their job are encouraged to contact Workforce Oklahoma at 405-234-5000 or click here.

Fresh Creative Foods said it will be moving all production to a new 300,000 square foot facility in the Midwest.

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