TreeHouse Foods announced this week plans to close two plants and layoff around 375 workers.
The company — which manufactures snack bars, cereal and other packaged products — plans to shutter two factories in Brooklyn Park, MN and Plymouth, IN.
The Minnesota facility, which produces boxed dinners and packaged side dishes, employs around 90 workers. Production there is expected to cease by the end of this year. The Indiana facility is also expected to stop production by the end of this year. The facility produces banana peppers, jalapenos, pickles and pickle relish. Approximately 150 employees work at the plant.
The company is providing outplacement support to employees whose positions are being eliminated.
“The decisions to close these facilities are difficult ones given their impact on families and communities,” chairman and chief executive officer of TreeHouse Foods, Sam K. Reed said in a statement. “However, despite the toll they exact, these measures are required if we are to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace for packaged foods. In order to win in today’s marketplace, we must not only produce the finest quality at the lowest costs, but also fully utilize the capacity of our plants and the capability of our people in doing so.”
The decisions are part of a restricting plan called TreeHouse 2020. In addition to the closings, the company will also transition non-peanut packaging operations out of a Dothan, AL facility. That plant employs around 135 employees. The transition will be completed over a 10-month period starting in November.