Cargill will shutter a turkey meat slicing and packaging plant in Springfield, Mo. in March, laying off 118 workers.

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant announced the closure Friday, saying it would consolidate the work done in Missouri at its plants in Waco, Texas and Nebraska, City, Neb.

As Cargill reassesd its turkey and cooked meats business, the Springfield plant got the ax because raw materials --  meat sliced there -- is produced at other Cargill facilities, including those in Waco and Nebraska City.

Cargill is one of the largest U.S. turkey producers and processors. It acquired the Springfield, Mo. plant in 2008 when it bought assets that were part of Willow Brook Foods.

Workers will be offered severance and opportunities to relocate to other Cargill plants in the region, Cargill said.

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