After three years of back-and-forth and fence-sitting, Kraft Heinz Co. officially announced it shuttered its Lunchables manufacturing plant in Fullerton, California. According to a report by The Orange County Register, the 170,000-square-foot facility officially closed on November 16, moving operations to a Kraft Heinz facility in Garland, Texas, and putting 248 employees out of work.
“This factory was slated for closure three years ago, but because of the high demand for Lunchables and the plant’s strong track record of performance, we decided to keep it open,” Kraft Heinz said in a statement. “Since then, we have invested in additional network capacity at our plant in Garland, Texas, which makes Lunchables and other Kraft Heinz products. This improvement has allowed us to absorb the production volume coming from Fullerton and also enable us to continue to grow our Lunchables business.”
The plant has been a part of Kraft Heinz’s portfolio since 1989. When the closure was first announced in 2015, it was one of seven manufacturing facilities the food brand giant planned to consolidate production with other plants across the country.
“The decision is not a reflection of our employees or the quality of the products they make,” the company continued. “We fully appreciate the impact this decision will have on employees, their families, and the communities where this plant is located. As always, we are committed to treating our people with the utmost respect and dignity.”
The company noted affected employees would receive severance benefits, outplacement services, and other support to help them pursue new job opportunities.
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