Mexican Accent to close New Berlin plant

155 employees will lose their jobs

Mexican Accent will cease operations at its New Berlin facility, costing 155 employees their jobs, according to a filing with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

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Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corp. bought Mexican Accent in 2005 from a private investment firm. The plant made Manny’s tortillas, chips and other products which were folded into the Chi-Chi’s brand, part of Hormel’s MegaMex joint venture with Mexico-based Herdez Del Fuerte.

The plant closing will result in 120 full-time employees being permanently laid off and 35 temporary employees will have their job assignments discontinued. The permanent employment separation is expected to be effective April 22.

The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Area and the Department of Workforce Development will be providing rapid response services to the affected employees.

Calls to Hormel officials were not immediately returned. The offices of Mexican Accent were closed Friday afternoon after the state released information on the closure.

Arthur Thomas
Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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