The layoffs in Cordova — near Easton — came Friday, said Paige Bethke, head of the county's economic development office. The company employed about 450 people there before the cuts.
The Seaford, Del.-based Allen filed for bankruptcy protection in June and is awaiting an auction date to sell almost all its assets. The company blamed economic challenges, including a rapid increase in feed costs. Bethke said Monday that the layoffs were related to business conditions rather than the bankruptcy process.
The company could not immediately be reached for comment.