H.J. Heinz to close facility in California

by Eric Schroeder
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STOCKTON, CALIF. — H.J. Heinz Co. said it is closing a Heinz Ketchup and canned tomato products plant in Stockton, effective Dec. 2. Production will shift to Fremont, Ohio; Muscatine, Iowa; and Escalon, Calif.

“Earlier this year, Heinz announced global initiatives to drive productivity and future growth, and help offset rapidly rising commodity costs to help make Heinz more competitive in a challenging and global business environment,” said Jessica Jackson, a spokesperson for H.J. Heinz. “As part of these initiatives, Heinz has reached the difficult but necessary decision to cease production in its Stockton, Calif., facility effective Dec. 2, 2011.”

H.J. Heinz said the facility employs about 140 people.

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