Changing Workforce

Inside a rural Pennsylvania chicken plant: white, and in the minority

By Terrence McCoy for the Washington Post

Jul 31, 2018

Get Plant Services delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday! Sign up for  Plant Services' complimentary Smart Minute (Monday-Thursday) and Smart Digest  (Friday) e-newsletters to get maintenance and reliability know-how you can put  to use today, plus the latest manufacturing news from around the Web, white  papers, and more. Learn more and subscribe for free today.

In a country where whites will lose majority status in about a quarter-century, and where research suggests that demographic anxiety is contributing to many of the social fissures polarizing the United States, the story of the coming decades will be, to some degree, the story of how white people adapt to a changing country.

It will be the story of people like Heaven Engle, 20, and Venson Heim, 25, employees at a Bell & Evans chicken plant in Fredericksburg, PA. Both have begun careers on the bottom rung of an industry remade by Latinos and and are now, in unusually intense circumstances, coming to understand what it means to be outnumbered.

Read the full story at