SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Bay Valley Foods, a division of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS), today announced its intention to close its Springfield, Missouri pickle plant. Most plant production will cease in August 2011, with full plant closure occurring by December 2011. The plant has 46 employees.
Brian Demos, Senior Vice President, Operations, said, "The decision to close the Springfield plant was a difficult one because of the impact it will have on our employees and their families. The employees have demonstrated exceptional loyalty and dedication over the years. A recent analysis of overall pickle production capacity and plant efficiency led us to this difficult decision. The balance of the volume will be transferred to other Bay Valley Foods locations."
Demos said that the company expects no supply disruptions during the transition. He also indicated that transition benefits and outplacement support would be provided to employees.
TreeHouse will record non-recurring, pre-tax charges to operating income of approximately $5.0 million, or approximately $0.09 per share in connection with the closure. Ongoing annual cost savings from the closing are expected to be approximately $2.0 million.
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SOURCE Bay Valley Foods