Pinnacle Foods to close Fulton, N.Y., plant

by Keith Nunes
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MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. – Pinnacle Foods Group L.L.C. plans to close its Fulton, N.Y., vegetable processing facility and consolidate production to its facilities in Darien, Wis., and Waseca, Minn. The Fulton plant processes vegetables for the company’s Bird’s Eye brand and the company said the facility will be closing at the end of 2011.

“The decision to close the Fulton, N.Y., facility was made after a thorough analysis of all options,” said Daryl Pike, senior vice-president of operations for Pinnacle’s Birds Eye Frozen division. “The analysis determined this as the most efficient, sustainable way to operate. We are grateful for the services of our employees in Fulton and are committed to treating them with fairness and respect as we transition the facility this year.”

Pinnacle Foods also said it will be investing “significant” capital to increase capacity and upgrade manufacturing capabilities at the plants in Darien and Waseca.

In December, Pinnacle Foods announced it was closing its meat canning facility in Tacoma, Wash., and consolidating production to its plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. The move consolidated the production Pinnacle’s Nalley’s brand chili and Brooks Beans in Fort Madison. The Iowa plant currently manufactures Pinnacle’s Armour brand of canned meats.

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