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Pepsi closing Durham plant in consolidation effort

Posted January 23, 2011

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— A Pepsi plant in Durham is being closed as part of an effort to consolidate operations, but no layoffs are occurring, a company official said Saturday.

The facility on Western Bypass in Durham will be closed in mid-March, said George Suddath, vice-president of corporate affairs for Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC. The hundred or so employees at the plant were notified this week.

Workers can transfer to Pepsi facilities in Garner or Winston-Salem, and severance packages will be offered to those who don't want a transfer.

Major improvements to the loading process at the Garner plant have made the Durham facility obsolete, Sudath said. The Durham plant was built in the 1960s.

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