Updated: 5:53 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | Posted: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

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Bob Evans notifies workers of plant closing

Springfield plant closure will cost 40 local jobs.

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By Matt Sanctis

Staff Writer


Bob Evans Farms notified state officials this week that the company plans to close its Springfield facility in February, affecting about 40 workers.

The facility, 2110 W. Jefferson St., is expected to close between Feb. 14 and Feb. 28, according to information in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice.

The company announced last year the 38,000 square-foot production facility would close as part of a strategy to consolidate the company’s business. The plant is used to make sausage, soup and gravy.

The employees are expected to be laid off permanently, and include mostly packaging and processing workers, along with sanitation workers, a shift supervisor and a plant manager, among others.

The WARN notice provides specific dates being considered and the number of employees and jobs that will be affected.

Local officials plan to work with the laid-off workers to help them find new jobs once the facility officially closes, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring an employer services for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Officials from Bob Evans Farms could not be reached for comment Wednesday but have previously said the company will also see if the workers can be relocated.

Bob Evans has previously sold the production facility to New Mill Capital, a California-based private equity firm. Officials from that company have said they hope to eventually find a new food-producing business to fill the space.

Along with the production facility on Jefferson Street, Bob Evans also owns a $3.5 million transportation center at the Airpark Ohio Industrial Park.

The company announced its plans to close the Jefferson Street site about a year ago, along with a separate food production plant in Bidwell, Ohio. Company officials said the decision, while difficult, consolidates work and resources and promotes future growth.

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