A spokesperson for Heinz says the company will close three facilities including its Pocatello plant over the next six to eight months.
Michael Mullen, Senior Vice President of Corporate & Government Affairs, says the decision came after an extensive review of Heinz's supply chain footprint, capabilities and capacity utilization.
Mullen issued this statement after announcing the closures, "Our decision to consolidate manufacturing across North America is a critical step in our plan to ensure we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible to become more competitive in a challenging environment, and to accelerate the Company’s future growth.
We reached this decision after thoroughly exploring extensive alternatives and options. Heinz fully appreciates and regrets the impact our decision will have on employees and the communities in which these factories are located.
We appreciate the many contributions these employees have made to Heinz and we are committed to treating all employees with the utmost respect and dignity.”
The closure impacts 410 employees at the Pocatello facility. Heinz plans to offer severance benefits, outplacement services and other support to help employees pursue new job opportunities.
The other closed facilities include one in Florence, SC and another in Leamington, Ontario.
Mullen says production in these locations will shift to other existing factories in the U.S. and Canada over the next six to eight months.