After a review of its snacks division’s manufacturing operations, Campbell Soup Co. will close its Columbus, Ga. facility by spring 2022.
The plant was acquired in 2018 as part of Campbell’s acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance and employs 326 individuals in the production of candy, crackers, cookies, nuts and bars, according to an announcement Jan. 13.
Impacted employees will receive severance or separation packages, career counseling and transition support.
“Closing one of our facilities is a very difficult decision. The Columbus plant is the oldest in our manufacturing network, making it difficult to retrofit,” explained Executive Vice President and President Valerie Oswalt. “Our Columbus team is talented and dedicated, and we are committed to assisting them through this transition.”
The age of the plant—at 94 years old, it’s the oldest plant in the company’s network—and the reduced consumer demand for non-core products made at Columbus were key factors in deciding to close the plant, the company said. The plant, once known as Tom’s Foods, was acquired by Lance in 2005 and has undergone several ownership changes since its founding by Tom Huston in 1927.