After 100 Years Of Making Oreos In The US, Nabisco To Lay Off Half Of It’s Workforce & Send 600 Jobs To Mexico

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

Themadeinamericamovement.com
03 Aug 2015

Mondelez International (Nabisco) will lay off half of its 1,200 employees in its bakery on Chicago’s Southwest Side after deciding to make a major investment in a Mexico plant rather than its long-standing facility here.

The Nabisco company decided not to make a $130 million upgrade to the facility, the company’s largest U.S. bakery, which dates to the 1950s, because the three unions that represent workers either did not make a proposal to keep the work or their concession packages were inadequate, said Laurie Guzzinati, a Mondelez spokeswoman.

The layoffs at the plant, at 7300 S. Kedzie Ave., will occur over the next year.

The facility makes BelVita, Mini Chips Ahoy and Cheese Nips, among other products, and those will continue to be made in Chicago on seven production lines that will be upgraded. Nine other lines will shut down, and that work will be transferred to four state-of-the-art production lines in Salinas, Mexico.

Mondelez’s Guzzinati could not say how much the company would spend on revamping the remaining lines in the Chicago facility.

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