LANDOVER, MD. — The Smithfield Packing Co., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced plans to close its Landover bone-in ham plant by early fall.

Production will be integrated to facilities in North Carolina and Kentucky. The closing will affect about 175 employees.

“We deeply regret having to close this facility because we recognize that layoffs and plant closings are difficult for everyone concerned,” said Tim Schellpeper, president of Smithfield Packing. “However, the Landover plant is a facility that no longer meets our ever-changing production needs. We will work diligently to transfer as many employees as possible to our other operations.”