Saputo closing Wisconsin cheese plant

Affecting 126 workers, closure is expected to improve company's operating efficiency

Canadian dairy processor Saputo Inc. says it will shut down a cheese manufacturing facility in Wisconsin next May, affecting about 126 workers.

The Montreal-based company says the closure will improve its operating efficiency by integrating production into a new blue cheese plant 430 km west of the site in an area near Minneapolis.

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The employees will be provided severance, outplacement support and some may be able to transfer to other Saputo locations.

The closure is expected to cost $22 million after taxes, including a writedown of about $7 million to be booked at the end of the 2017.

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Annual savings are expected to reach $7 million in about two years.


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