Oscar Mayer HQ moving to Chicago; parent company to close 7 production plants
Oscar Mayer is moving its headquarters from Madison, Wis. to Chicago in 2016. Parent company Kraft Heinz on Wednesday announced the move from Madison, Wisconsin, along with plans to close seven production plants in North America, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
The headquarters move will bring about 250 jobs to Chicago. Kraft Heinz already has announced plans to move its Northfield offices, the former Kraft Foods headquarters, to downtown Chicago.
The company also announced it is consolidate manufacturing across the continent, and the planned plant closures will take place over the new two years. The facilities that will be affected are located in Fullerton and San Leandro, Calif., Federalsburg, Md., St. Marys, Ontario, Canada, Campbell, N.Y., Lehigh Valley, Pa., and Madison. About 2,600 jobs will be eliminated.
“Our decision to consolidate manufacturing across the Kraft Heinz North American network is a critical step in our plan to eliminate excess capacity and reduce operational redundancies for the new combined company,” company spokesman Michael Mullen said. “This will make Kraft Heinz more globally competitive and accelerate the company’s future growth.”