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More Job Cuts at Oscar Mayer to Begin on June 30
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/27/2016

The next round of layoffs at Madison's Oscar Mayer plant will begin on June 30. According to a mass layoff notice filed last week with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the company will close a portion of its facilities, which will result in the loss of 46 salaried employees and 515 hourly union staff.

Last year, the parent company of Oscar Mayer announced plans to begin staff reductions at its Madison corporate headquarters. Kraft Heinz said in November that it will move its operations to Chicago and Davenport, Iowa, over the next year and a half as a way to save money.

The company first cut about 140 salaried non-union employees in January who have decided not to move to Chicago. Employees who declined the relocation offer have received severance pay and other benefits, company officials say.

This next phase of layoffs will continue through the end of the first quarter of 2017 when production ends, according to the mass layoff notice.

World famous for its wieners and bologna products, Oscar Mayer had been owned by Philip Morris for many years until it was sold to General Foods in 1985. Kraft purchased the brand in 1988. The Madison office has been in operation since 1919.

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