ConAgra to close bean plant in February

by Eric Schroeder
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OMAHA, NEB. — ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced it will be closing its Fort Worth, Texas, facility on Feb. 26, 2010, with the intent to sell the facility in the future.

The facility, which makes Ranch Style, Van Camp’s, Luck’s, and several private label brands of beans, employs about 130 people. Those employees were notified of the closing Nov. 13 and will be allowed to remain with the company through the plant closing date. The employees will be provided with a severance package and other outplacement assistance.

According to ConAgra, total production output of the 96-year-old, 200,000-square-foot facility is around 4 million cases of product per year. The company said it will shift production of the majority of the products to its facilities in Newport, Tenn., and Archbold, Ohio. A small number of stock-keeping units are being transferred to a co-packaging facility or discontinued, ConAgra said.

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