Del Monte to close corn-packing plant in Mendota

BREAKING Del Monte to close Sleepy Eye plant

BREAKING Del Monte to close Sleepy Eye plant

The layoffs will begin in stages when all labeling, shipping and closing activities are completed around June 2020. Company leaders planned to close the IL plant at the end of the pack season. In addition to the plant in Sleepy Eye, the company will end production at its Mendota, Ill., plant, and sell its facilities in Cambria, Wis., and Crystal City, Texas.

Sleepy Eye Mayor Wayne Pelzel told KSTP the city also wasn't provided any notice and called the closure "a bad shock".

Del Monte Foods has told state officials it plans to close its peas and corn packing plant in Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Del Monte Pacific Limited announced its intention to move to an asset-light strategy and divest production facilities of US subsidiary Del Monte Foods.

In a statement, CEO Joselito D. Campos, Jr. said, "This decision has been hard and has come after careful consideration".

"This restructuring is a necessary step to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace".

Sleepy Eye's Mayor Wayne Pelzel said the plant is one of the biggest employers in the city of about 3,500 people. Our asset-light strategy will lead to more efficient and lower cost operations. "Sleepy Eye will miss this plant", Schieffert said. "The school district has numerous families that are employed by the company, so we potentially lose many students attending our school". Seneca Foods Corp. closed its peas and corn processing plant in Rochester previous year, citing shifting consumer trends.

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In Mendota, processed products include peas & carrots, cream style corn, whole kernel corn, mixed vegetables, corn specialties, and lima beans.

"Del Monte has played a vital role in Mendota's history and we are thankful for the 70 plus years".

Mendota, in north central IL, produces broth and dry beans outside the fresh packing season.

The Mendota facility employs about 30 salaried workers and 106 hourly workers, according to the report.

Del Monte Foods has a peak employment of 7,100.

Del Monte is moving to an "asset-light strategy" and production will move to its other production facilities across the country.

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