Greenville Sara Lee bakery will close, lay off 200 workers

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News 12, November 21, 2009

GREENVILLE, S.C.-- Officials with Sara Lee Corp. says 200 workers in South Carolina will lose their jobs when the company closes its bread factory in Greenville.

Sara Lee officials told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg they have to close the bakery in January because they lost a major customer.

Spokesman Mike Cummins says the plant makes frozen dough and bagels for the food service industry.

Cummins says a few workers may be offered jobs at other plants, but the rest will get severance packages and help finding another job.

Sara Lee began operating the Greenville plant in 1984 after acquiring it from King's Hawaiian Bakery.

Greenville County's unemployment rate was 10.6 percent in October.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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