CUBA — A Cuba cookie and cracker plant will soon cease operations.
D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co., Inc., a maker of bakery and confectionery products, has announced it will close its Cuba facility at the end of 2017 and consolidate the site’s manufacturing into its other two production facilities in York, Pa., and Santa Ana, Calif.
A company press release said the shuttering of the Farnsworth Road site, which it has operated since 1998, is part of an effort to “optimize manufacturing operations and efficiencies.” When asked for the reasons behind the closing Monday, a company spokesperson referred to the press release statement.
The spokesperson declined to say how many employees work at the plant. However, a WARN notice filed with the New York State Department of Labor Wednesday states 51 employees work at the plant, and all 51 will be affected by the closing. The filing also states the affected workers are not represented by a union.
An unspecified number of employees will be given the opportunity to transfer to Stauffer’s other two facilities, according to the company press release.
The expected separation date for the majority of employees is Dec. 29, with the remaining employees being removed Feb. 28, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018, according to the filing with the state. The notice lists the closing date of the plant as June 30, 2018. However the company press release stated the plant will close at the end of 2017.
Stauffer is headquartered in York and is a subsidiary of Japanese food company Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd.
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