US bakery company Interstate Bakeries (IBC) has announced plans to close its bakery in San Pedro, California, leading to the loss of 184 jobs.
The San Pedro facility, which is to close on 14 May, mainly bakes bread and rolls, as well as English muffins, sold under various brand names, including Di Carlo, Parisian, Wonder and Millbrook.
Production will be transferred to other IBC bakeries, including facilities in Los Angeles, Glendale, Pomona, and San Diego. The bakery closing will not affect distribution of IBC products to food stores in Southern California and other markets, the company said.
CEO James R. Elsesser said the company was consolidating operations and seeking production efficiencies.
“The Di Carlo bakery, which was built in 1957, is not as efficient as some of our other facilities. As a result, we concluded that economically it was best for the company to close the facility,” Elsesser said.