Del Monte to sell Cambria corn-packing plant, close plants in Illinois, Minnesota

Del Monte selling its Columbia County plant
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Del Monte selling its Columbia County plant

MENDOTA, Ill. - Del Monte Foods will sell a corn-packing plant in Wisconsin and close others in the Midwest, according to the company. 

Parent company Del Monte Pacific Ltd. announced Tuesday that the closing of the Mendota, Illinois, plant is part of a restructuring. Del Monte also will close a plant in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and sell one in Cambria, Wisconsin. It says production will end at the end of the current pack season.

The closure of the Illinois plant will affect more than 600 full-time and seasonal employees.

Del Monte Pacific CEO Joselito D. Campos Jr. said the "restructuring is a necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace."

The La Salle News-Tribune reported that the Mendota plant employs about 30 salaried and 100 hourly workers and up to 550 seasonal workers. It says layoffs there will begin in October.

A spokeswoman for Del Monte said employees will be eligible to receive severance if they work successfully through their release date with satisfactory performance, and sign a release.


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