Tree­House to lay off 375, close 2 plants

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

NEW YORK — Tree­House Foods will lay off about 375 work­ers and close two fac­to­ries in Min­nesota and In­di­ana, as the pack­aged-food maker cuts costs.

The lay­offs, an­nounced Thurs­day, make up about 2 per­cent of the 16,000 peo­ple the com­pany em­ployed at the end of last year. It has more than 50 fac­to­ries in the U.S., Canada and Italy.

Tree­House, like other pack­aged-food com­pa­nies, has been hurt as more peo­ple choose to eat fresh foods and shop on­line in­stead of go­ing to stores. The Oak Brook, Ill., com­pany makes snack bars, ce­real and other pack­aged prod­ucts un­der pri­vate brands.

About 150 work­ers will lose their jobs at a pickle fac­tory in Ply­mouth, Ind., which will close by the end of the year.

The sec­ond fac­tory, which makes boxed meals in Brook­lyn Park, Minn., has about 90 work­ers and will also close by the end of the year.

An ad­di­tional 135 em­ploy­ees at a Dothan, Ala., fac­tory will be laid off. But that fac­tory, which makes trail mixes, will re­main open.

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