MADISON - Kraft Heinz announced Wednesday that it will
be closing several facilities around North America,
including the Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison in
According to a statement Wednesday from Michael Mullen,
senior vice president of corporate & government affairs
for the Kraft Heinz Company, the closures at the seven
manufacturing plants will be part of a staged process
during the next 12 to 24 months. During that time,
production will shift to other existing factories in
After hearing the news, Wisconsin Assembly Democratic
Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, released a statement
saying he was “deeply saddened” by the pending closure
and the loss of more than 1,000 jobs.
closure of Oscar Meyer accentuates the urgent need for
action on jobs,” Barca said. He also urged the Wisconsin
Economic Development Corporation to discuss the
company’s future in the state at its next meeting.
Asked for comment on the closure, Gov. Scott Walker’s
spokeswoman, Laurel Patrick, responded with an email
saying Wisconsin’s economy is growing. She said the
state Department of Workforce Development would help
connect affected workers with potential employers and
provide job training and job search assistance.
Other facilities that will be closed by Kraft Heinz are
in Fullerton, Calif., San Leandro, Calif., Federalsburg,
Md., St. Marys, Ontario, Canada, Campbell, N.Y., and
Lehigh Valley, Penn. The decision to close the
facilities was made after an “extensive review of the
Kraft Heinz North American supply chain footprint,
capabilities and capacity utilization,” according to the
closing the facilities, Oscar Mayer will eliminate about
2,600 jobs in North America, according to the statement.
Oscar Mayer and U.S. Meats Business Unit will be moved
in 2016 from Madison to the company’s co-headquarters in
Chicago, which Mullen said will bring 250 jobs to the
“Members of the Oscar Mayer and U.S. Meats Business Unit
will have the opportunity to move with the business to
Chicago. The move centralizes all our U.S. Business
Units to our co-headquarters of Chicago and Pittsburgh,
which will drive increased collaboration and
efficiency,” he said.
While Kraft Heinz closes facilities in North America, it
will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in improving
capacity utilization and modernizing many of its
facilities with the installation of state-of-the-art
production lines, according to the statement.
the appropriate time, affected employees will receive
severance benefits, outplacement services and other
support to help them pursue new job opportunities. Kraft
Heinz fully appreciates and regrets the impact our
decision will have on employees, their families and the
communities in which these facilities are located,”
Mullen said in the statement.
Contributing: The Associated