General Mills shaking up North America production network

General Mills shaking up North America production network

General Mills has said it will shut a plant in west Chicago, affecting around 500 jobs.

The US food giant confirmed plans to close the facility on Friday (25 September). In July, the company said it had told unions of its "tentative decision" to shut the site, with talks between the two sides then set to follow. General Mills said at the time it wanted to close the site to "eliminate excess cereal and dry dinner capacity in our US retail supply chain".

With the negotiations completed, the decision was signed off and announced last week. General Mills said the site would shut down in phases by the middle of 2017 with production moved to other plants.

In July, General Mills also announced the closure of a snacks plant in Joplin in Missouri. Some 120 posts are to be affected.

In February, General Mills confirmed it would close a plant in New Albany, Indiana, hitting around 400 staff. A month earlier, the Green Giant maker set out plans to shut a site in Midland in the Canadian province of Ontario, a move set to affect 100 jobs. Both facilities are expected to shut by the middle of 2016.

Last autumn, the company said it would close two other facilities in the US, with the loss of around 570 jobs. A month later, General Mills outlined plans to cut a further 700 to 800 posts, primarily in the US.

In April, General Mills announced plans to expand production at a site in the US. The company said it would spend $250m on increasing capacity at a facility in Murfreesboro in Tennessee.