Kraft Heinz to close 7 factories in US, Canada in downsizing

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kraft Heinz says it will close seven factories in North America over the next two years as part of a downsizing to shed 2,600 jobs.

The company said Wednesday it will close U.S. manufacturing facilities in Fullerton and San Leandro, California; Federalsburg, Maryland; Campbell, New York; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; and Madison, Wisconsin. A plant also will close in St. Marys, Ontario.

The closures will slash the company's North American factory workforce by nearly 15 percent, to 18,000 people at 41 factories.

The company said it also will close its meat processing plant in Davenport, Iowa, and move production to a planned facility nearby.

Kraft Heinz formed from the merger of Kraft and Heinz this year. The new company, co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, announced in August that 2,500 non-factory jobs would be cut.