Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Heinz to Close Pocatello Plant

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

H.J. Heinz Co. has plans to close its Pocatello plant, as well as two other plants in North America, slashing a total of 1,350 jobs, the Idaho Business Review reports

The food giant is consolidating its production operations in the United States and Canada, cutting 410 jobs in Pocatello, 200 in Florence, S.C., and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, Canada, over the next six to eight months. 

It will then add 470 jobs at five factories in California, Canada, Iowa and Ohio. By the end of the consolidation Heinz will employ about 6,800 hourly and salaried workers across the U.S. and Canada. 

According to Dan Cravens, economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, the loss of jobs at the Heinz plant make for a dire situation in Pocatello, which has experienced a 1 percent rise in is unemployment rate in the last year.

"A lot of our local farmers provide the raw materials for that operation. This will have an impact beyond the 410 folks affected by the job loss," he told IBR.

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