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Food maker 'downsizing' 160-employee plant

November 3, 2016
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This 425,000-square-foot food plant in Battle Creek makes cereals for retailers. Courtesy ConAgra

A food maker is “downsizing” a facility in the region.

Excess capacity

Oak Brook, Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods said today it is reducing the “manufacturing footprint” at its plant in Battle Creek.

The decision was made following an analysis of TreeHouse’s operations network, which called for the company to eliminate excess manufacturing capacity.

TreeHouse also said today it is closing a facility in Delta, British Columbia.

Both the Battle Creek plant, at 150 McCamly St. S, and Delta facility were part of TreeHouse’s $2.7-billion acquisition ConAgra Foods in February.

The company said the cost to downsize and close the facilities is expected to be about $14.7 million.

Battle Creek plant

The plant produces ready-to-eat cereal products, mostly for North American grocers.

The partial closure will impact about 100 of the plant’s 160 employees over a 15-month period starting in January.

TreeHouse said it will provide support to employees whose positions are being eliminated.

TreeHouse

TreeHouse Foods, founded in 2005, operates more than 50 plants across the U.S., Canada and Italy, making packaged foods and beverages.

TreeHouse also announced today an executive shakeup as President Christopher Silva resigned to take another opportunity. The company’s CFO Dennis Riordan, who was slated to retire, is serving as interim president in the wake of Silva’s departure.

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