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RICHMOND (AP) -- Smithfield Foods Inc. is laying off 120 more workers as part of its previously announced closure of its Portsmouth facility that makes hot dogs and deli meat.

The Smithfield-based pork producer said Tuesday that it plans to close the Portsmouth plant in the middle of August.

Jermaine Fields has worked at the plant for 10 years.

'I'm going to continue to go to school,' he told 13News. 'I'm going to take a class and keep it moving.'

As for his future, he admits he and his co-workers have worried about finding a new job.

The move comes amid the company's pending $4.72 billion takeover by China's largest meat producer.

The company announced plans in 2011 to close the Smithfield Packing Co. plant and shift production to a facility in Kinston, N.C.

Layoffs at the facility began in January, with more than 400 workers to be affected by the time plant is closed.

Smithfield had said it was closing the plant because it cannot support the manufacturing technology changes and product development necessary to meet its needs.

A Smithfield spokesperson said Tuesday that the company owns the land and there are no plans for the property right now.

Portsmouth Councilman Danny Meeks told 13News that Council is going to discuss the loss of the facility at its next meeting.

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