CHICAGO – Hillshire Brands plans to close its breakfast sandwich manufacturing plant in Florence, Ala., by Dec. 30, 2014. The plant employs 1,100.

“Closing our Florence facility was a very difficult decision to make,” said Tom Hayes, chief supply chain officer for The Hillshire Brands Company. “For many years, these employees dedicated themselves to running a quality operation, which they have done exceptionally well. Unfortunately, after looking at our business, we determined that this facility will not allow us to meet our efficiency or long-term profitability expectations. ”

Hillshire said production from the Florence plant will be shifted to a number of plants in its operations network. As a result of the closing Hillshire expects to incur total costs of approximately $34.4 million.