PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Sussex County’s economy faces a serious hit with Pinnacle Foods Group LLC’s announcement of plans to close its Vlasic plant in Millsboro and consolidate pickle production into one plant in Michigan.
Production at the Millsboro plant will end around the year-end, the company stated in a release issued Friday on its web site.
“It is never an easy decision to close a plant. We came to this conclusion only after a detailed analysis of all potential options, which determined that the Imlay City plant is the most viable choice for the long term,” said Tony Fernandez, EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer. “The employees in Millsboro have been a valued part of our business and their dedication and contributions to the company are appreciated.”
Pinnacle Foods is committed to treating all employees with fairness and respect during the transition, and all Millsboro employees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Pinnacle facilities, as well as to receive professional career support services, the company stated.
Pinnacle Foods will meet with union officials at the Millsboro plant to discuss specifics of the transition. A minimum of 60 days notice prior to final closure of the plant will be provided to all Millsboro employees.
To enable the transition to the Imlay City plant, Pinnacle Foods will be investing significant capital to increase capacity, upgrade existing manufacturing capabilities and improve efficiencies. This will result in the creation of new full-time and seasonal jobs, the company stated.