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McCain Foods to close Fort Atkinson plant, cut 119 jobs

April 24, 2015
Food & Drink
McCain Foods USA Inc. will close its plant in Fort Atkinson, eliminating 119 jobs.
 
The job cuts are expected to begin June 26 and run through Dec. 18, the firm said in a notice to state officials Thursday. The company didn’t say why it is shutting down the plant.
 
Most of the employees are represented by United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1473. Neither a union representative nor a McCain representative were available for comment late Thursday afternoon.
 
McCain Foods USA, based in Lisle, Ill., is part of a privately held Canadian company, McCain Foods Limited, which describes itself as the world’s largest producer of french fries and potato specialties. The company employs more than 20,000 people and operates 57 plants on six continents, according to its website.
 
Besides Fort Atkinson, McCain has Wisconsin plants in Appleton, Plover and Rice Lake.
 
By Rick Romell
 

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