I understand business decisions. I suspect Tyson was cautious when it decided to cease cattle operations and let go 1,500 people with a couple of weeks notice. I honestly do believe that the caricature of the heartless business executive is largely just that. Corporate assholes do exist, but they are rare and usually die of loneliness. Regardless, as near as I can calculate from this source data and the references in the article above, it seems that Emporia, Kansas, just lost 1 out of 6 jobs. That’s an incredible burden on a lot of families. I had to zoom out to mid-scale on google maps to see that not much exists around Emporia to soak up the workers. Sad day there.