MENDOTA, Ill. — Del Monte
Foods will close a corn-packing plant in north central
Illinois, idling more than 600 full-time and seasonal
Parent company Del Monte
Pacific Ltd. announced Tuesday the closing of the
Mendota plant is part of a restructuring. Del Monte also
will close a plant in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and sell
one in Cambria, Wisconsin. It says production will end
at the end of the current pack season.
Del Monte Pacific CEO
Joselito D. Campos Jr. said the "restructuring is a
necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly
The La Salle News-Tribune
reports the Mendota plant employs about 30 salaried and
100 hourly workers and up to 550 seasonal workers. It
says layoffs there will begin in October.