Thursday, June 27, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- In a news release Thursday, Pepperidge Farm has announced plans to consolidate its bakery operations, including the closure of its facility in Aiken.
The Aiken facility has been around for a while and currently employs 115 people. The company has announced that the bakery will close officially in March 2014. Employees there will begin to be laid off starting in September 2013.
"There are two primary reasons for the decision. First, with the bakery industry becoming increasingly competitive, we’ve reviewed our operations and identified excess capacity in our network," the release says. "Second, we have discontinued a product that accounted for a significant portion of Aiken’s production volume. Most of the bread made in Aiken, which has limited production capabilities, will be transferred to the Pepperidge Farm’s bakery in Lakeland, Florida."
The release says Pepperidge Farm operates eight other bakeries across the United States. The Aiken plant opened in 1976.
"This decision no way reflects on the team at our Aiken bakery. They have performed incredibly well, which is why we have continued to invest in equipment and training at the site. We will be offering affected employees a comprehensive support package," says the news release.
Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson says he's upset to see such a great company leaving the area.
News 12 will have more details as they become available.