Cereal and snacks giant Kellogg Co. (NYSE: K) is closing its plant in Vigo County. The company confirms for Inside INdiana Business that the closure will occur in phases and impact 150 positions.
The company expects the phase out to begin in February and conclude in September of next year.
Kellogg corporate spokesperson Kris Charles issued the following statement:
Kellogg has a compelling business need to better align our manufacturing assets with marketplace trends and customer requirements. To that end, we continue to evaluate our global manufacturing network to ensure that we have the right manufacturing capacity – in the right locations – to better meet our current and future production needs, and the evolving needs of our customers. As part of that process, we assessed our U.S. cracker manufacturing network and determined that we have more capacity than is required to meet demand.
As a result, today, Kellogg announced that we’ve made the difficult decision to close our snacks plant in Seelyville, Indiana. The closure will occur in phases, likely beginning in February 2017 and concluding by September 2017. In total, approximately 150 roles will be impacted as a result of the plant closure. As you’d expect from a company like Kellogg, we will help those who will be impacted through their transitions.
Kellogg acquired the IndyBake Products plant in Seelyville in 2008.
At the time, the company indicated it would keep the 90 workers at the plant and potentially add another 150 to manufacture crackers, including the Cheez-It and Keebler brands.
The deal included performance-based incentives offered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and infrastructure and tax abatement assistance from local governments.