US: Hillshire Brands to close breakfast foods plant
Hillshire said "comprehensive business evaluation" had led to decision to close plant
US food group Hillshire Brands has announced it will close a plant in Alabama making breakfast foods, with the loss of 1,100 jobs.
Hillshire said keeping the site in Florence would "not allow us to meet our efficiency or long-term profitability expectations".
Production of breakfast sandwiches and sausages will be moved to other Hillshire sites.
"Closing our Florence facility was a very difficult decision to make," Tom Hayes, Hillshire's chief supply chain officer, said. "For many years, these employees dedicated themselves to running a quality operation, which they have done exceptionally well. Unfortunately, after looking at our business, we determined that this facility will not allow us to meet our efficiency or long-term profitability expectations."
HE HILLSHIRE BRANDS COMPANY ANNOUNCES IT WILL CLOSE ITS FLORENCE FACILITY IN 2014
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 4, 2014) – The Hillshire Brands Company today announced that it will discontinue all production at its Florence, Ala., facility, located at 700 S. Wood Ave., by Dec. 30, 2014. This decision will impact approximately 1,100 employees.
After a comprehensive business evaluation, The Hillshire Brands Company determined that production from this facility will be sourced from other locations within the Hillshire Brands operations network. Presently, the Florence plant houses breakfast sandwich and breakfast sausage cooking operations.
“Closing our Florence facility was a very difficult decision to make,” said Tom Hayes, chief supply chain officer, The Hillshire Brands Company. “For many years, these employees dedicated themselves to running a quality operation, which they have done exceptionally well. Unfortunately, after looking at our business, we determined that this facility will not allow us to meet our efficiency or long-term profitability expectations. ”
The Hillshire Brands Company will provide severance and outplacement assistance to employees consistent with its company policies. The company will also coordinate efforts with state and local training and employment agencies to help facilitate and ease the transition for affected employees.
About The Hillshire Brands Company
The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) is a leader in branded, convenient foods. The company generated approximately $4 billion in annual sales in fiscal 2013, has more than 9,000 employees, and is based in Chicago. Hillshire Brands’ portfolio includes iconic brands such as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Sara Lee frozen bakery and Chef Pierre pies, as well as artisanal brands Aidells, Gallo Salame and Golden Island premium jerky. For more information on the company, please visit www.hillshirebrands.com.
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