FULTON, N.Y. (AP) — The parent company of Birds Eye says it will close its vegetable processing plant in central New York and move operations to facilities in the upper Midwest.

Pinnacle Foods Group announced Friday morning that it will close the Fulton plant at the end of the year. The company didn’t say how many people work there, but Syracuse media outlets say the plant employs about 250 union workers and 30 in management positions.

Pinnacle says it’s closing the Fulton plant to cut the cost of transporting vegetables from the Midwest. Processing operations will be consolidated into facilities at Darien, Wis., and Waseca, Minn.

Birds Eye was acquired in December 2009 by Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Pinnacle.

Pinnacle closed Birds Eye’s corporate headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. last year and moved it to New Jersey.

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Comments (4)
  1. Swamp Rat says:

    Being in the Midwest for Birds Eye for to be near its vegetables processing plants and growing areas is ‘cool’, but, moving its corporate HQ from Rochester, NY, to New Jersey is historically rude. Clarence Birdseye is probably turning over in his grave for that move.

    Let’s hope Birds Eye corporate doesn’t mess over the Midwest facilities like they did in New York and the East.

  2. Jay says:

    With the tax incentives our infamous Gov is offering business’ to move to WI. you can bet theyll stay long enough to fulfill their obligations to not have to repay those dollar amounts, then up and leave for greener pastures. Birdseye will also be getting rid of the union, thus lower wages paid when they arrive. Business as usual in our state! Then you have HTI, theyre still in Eau Claire and have one of the worst repuitations for lay-offs in the city.There is no such thing as job security anymore. Initially, they built a good sized building, later they added another humungus additiion, which remained empty and unused for a few years. WI., will manage to draw low wage jobs, break some unions moving, and save lots of money. Really sad where this state, and others are heading when we think about it.

    1. Nancy says:

      You need to get your story straight before posting. The plants that this is moving to in WI and MN are both unionized. This is NOT low wage jobs, breaking unions!!

  3. Paul Haller says:

    So,,, who do you believe? The worker or the investor and business owner??

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