119 employees affected in Fort Atkinson plant closure


McCain Foods USA Inc. of Lisle, Ill., announced on Wednesday that it will close operations at its Fort Atkinson manufacturing plant at 801 Rockwell Ave. due to “changing business dynamics.”

Approximately 119 employees will be laid off, according to the WARN notice filed with state officials. Among them, 109 are represented by a union.

The first layoffs are expected on June 26, with the remainder taking place by Dec. 18.

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Products currently produced at the Fort Atkinson plant will be moved to other McCain Foods plants, including the plant in Rice Lake, Wis.

“It is never an easy decision to close a plant, especially when it means job losses. While it is never our intention to eliminate jobs, our decision is based on the overall business climate,” said Frank Finn, president of McCain Foods USA Inc. “We appreciate everything our Fort Atkinson plant employees do to deliver high quality products and create a safe working environment. We will treat every employee with the utmost respect, and will continue to work closely with union officials during this transition.”

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