About 120 workers at the Churny cheese plant in Waupaca will lose their jobs next year.
Kraft Foods announced Tuesday that it will close the facility in the second quarter of 2013 as part of a cost-cutting move.
Production will be transferred to the Kraft plant in Wausau, where about 200 people are employed.
The 84,000 square-foot plant, located at 705 W. Fulton St., makes a variety of specialty spreads and cheeses including the Athenos, Kraft and Hoffman’s brands.
"After careful analysis and review, we identified some opportunities to combine production, gain efficiencies and reduce expenses in our cheese and dairy network," said Jim Durkin, vice president of operations for Kraft’s cheese and dairy unit. "Combining Waupaca volume with our Kraft Wausau plant and external manufacturers will significantly lower our overhead costs and create more scale across our manufacturing network.
The company plans to sell the property once production has ended. Kraft acquired the plant in 1987.
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