MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Del Monte Foods has announced plans to permanently cease production at its Sleepy Eye Plant in a move that will mean layoffs for hundreds of workers.

On Tuesday, the company gave the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development notice of the layoffs.

The company is planning on closing the plant in Sleepy Eye after the current pack season, which is on or around October 21. As a result, 69 full-time and 294 seasonal employees will be impacted.

After pack season, Del Monte Foods will stage additional layoffs of any remaining full-time employees until “until all labeling, shipping, and closing activities are completed on or around June 2020.”

Joselito D. Campos, Jr., Managing Director and CEO, Del Monte Pacific Limited, released this statement about the closures:

This decision has been difficult and has come after careful consideration. This restructuring is a necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Our asset-light strategy will lead to more efficient and lower cost operations. We are committed to doing all we can to provide the affected employees with resources and support.

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