updated 2/17/2009 11:03:57 AM ET 2009-02-17T16:03:57

Smithfield Foods say it plans to cut 1,800 jobs and close six factories as part of a restructuring.

Smithfield Foods Inc. announced the closures and layoffs Tuesday as part of a plan to consolidate and streamline its pork business. The company plans to save $125 million a year by 2011.

To help fund the restructuring, the company will take a pre-tax charge of $85 million in its fiscal third-quarter that ended Feb. 1, as well as another $30 million over the next three quarters. It will spend $53 million in capital expenditures related to the closures.

The plants are expected to close by December 2009, the company said.

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