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General Mills closing Ontario plant

Baked goods factory in Midland will shut down after more than 60 years

General Mills is closing its production facility in Midland, Ont. next year

More than 100 people will lose their jobs, according to General Mills, which said it expects to close the plant in about 18 months.

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General Mills makes refrigerated baked goods and pizza at the Midland plant, in operation since 1952.

A company spokesperson told Canadian Grocer that production will move to other General Mills facilities. But “for competitive reasons” he did not divulge where those other plants are located.

The announcement was made on Thursday. Employees of the plant were told that afternoon, after which the plant was temporarily shut down. It was expected to reopen on Monday according to a report by CTV.

General Mills said that affected employees will receive severance packages.

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Also on Thursday, General Mills announced the closure of a plant in New Albany, Ind., which employs 400 people.

Last fall, General Mills announced the closure of a cereal factory in California and a yogurt plant in Massachusetts.

Those closures are “Project Century” a General Mills program to “review of our North American manufacturing and distribution network to streamline operations and identify potential capacity reductions which we expect to complete by the end of fiscal 2017,” according to company filings.

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