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Food maker laying off workers

January 29, 2018
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Frosted Flakes is a staple of the cereal lineup by Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company. Photo via fb.com

A food maker is laying off a group of workers at a plant in the region.

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company says in a Jan. 24 letter to Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency it is laying off 14 workers at its ready-to-eat cereal, or RTEC, plant at 235 Porter St. in Battle Creek.

The permanent layoffs will occur between March 31 and April 13.

The company does not disclose how many workers are employed at the RTEC plant or its plans for the plant once the workforce reductions are complete.

The move is part of the company’s previously announced plan to lay off 223 Battle Creek workers to “simplify and streamline operations” in its North American cereal operations following poor sales since 2013.

“While making these changes is the right thing to do for our business, these changes will be difficult, as they will impact some of our employees at the Battle Creek plant,” said Kris Charles, a Kellogg Company spokesperson.

In 2017, Kellogg announced it will cut 250 jobs from its downtown Battle Creek headquarters and close 39 distribution centers nationwide.

Laura Reyna, a Kellogg human resources manager, says in the letter the company will announce the timeline for further layoffs at an unspecified future date.

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