Hershey expands Mexican plant

Reuters news service reported that The Hershey Co. will invest $90 million to open two more production lines in its Mexican plant in Nuevo Leon, according to a representative for the global confectioner.

A release from the state of Nuevo Leon, which is on the country’s northern border, said the expansion project will increase output by 25%.

Plus, 300 more jobs will be added to the 2,500 already employed at the plant, which produces hundreds of products.

“With this investment, we are likely to go from fourth place to third among Hershey’s largest plants,” Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garcia said.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Curation Foods to close facility and terminate 133 positions

Plant-based foods manufacturer Curation Foods will be closing its Penn Township, York County-based manufacturing facility and consolidating operations to facilities in California and Ohio.

As part of the closure, the company said it will terminate 133 positions at the plant during a 14-day period beginning on August 31.

“This closure affects 133 people – 83 employees and 50 contractors,” the company wrote in a statement to the Journal. “We do not take these decisions lightly and are doing everything we can to support these highly skilled people. We thank our hard-working Hanover team for their commitment to helping us provide people with access to fresh, plant-based foods.”

Landec Corporation, Curation’s parent company, announced the closure in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act notice to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on June 29.

The decision to close the facility was part of a new strategy to optimize Santa Clara-based Landec’s operational network, the company wrote in a statement to shareholders.

By September, Landec plans to move the Penn Township facility’s operations to its other manufacturing facilities in Guadalupe, California, and Bowling Green, Ohio. The closing is expected to be permanent with no transfer or bumping rights offered to employees.

The facility was chosen for the consolidation because its manufacturing operations were underused, the company wrote.

“The planned closure of our Hanover facility is a necessary step for the Curation Foods business to achieve improved performance, and we expect the proceeds of the sale of the building and assets will be used to pay down debt and strengthen the balance sheet,” Albert Bolles, president and CEO of Landec, said in a statement.

Landec plans to sell the Curation Foods manufacturing facility at 26 Industrial Drive as well as all other assets at the plant.