BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — The Kellogg Co. said it will close its snacks plant in Seelyville, Ind., by the end of 2017, citing overcapacity as a key factor in the decision. The company makes crackers at the plant under such brands as Keebler, Club and Cheez-It.
|Kris Charles, spokesperson for Kellogg|
“Kellogg has a compelling business need to better align our manufacturing assets with marketplace trends and customer requirements,” said Kris Charles, a spokesperson for Kellogg. “To that end, we continue to evaluate our global manufacturing network to ensure that we have the right manufacturing capacity — in the right locations — to better meet our current and future production needs, and the evolving needs of our customers. As part of that process, we assessed our U.S. cracker manufacturing network and determined that we have more capacity than is required to meet demand.”
Ms. Charles said the closing will occur in phases, likely beginning in February 2017 and concluding by September 2017. In total, approximately 150 roles will be impacted as a result of the plant closing, she said.Kellogg acquired the Seelyville plant as part of its $42 million acquisition of IndyBake Products L.L.C. in August 2008. Prior to the acquisition, Kellogg was a co-manufacturing partner with IndyBake.