Kellogg plant in Cary begins layoffs

Posted November 19, 2009 11:21 a.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2009 11:55 a.m. EST

— Some employees of a Kellogg Co. manufacturing plant in Cary got notice Thursday that their jobs were being eliminated, a company spokeswoman said.

Kris Charles said the moves are part of a nationwide effort to "optimize our manufacturing network."

"As we simplify and standardize our processes at the Cary bakery, some jobs were impacted," Charles wrote in an e-mail to WRAL News.

She did not disclose how many cuts were made but said those affected got notice Thursday morning.

The plant, located off Weston Parkway, produces cereals, cookies and cracker snacks.

It was among sites caught up in a salmonella scare that sickened hundreds of people earlier this year.

Inspectors with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested 50 samples of peanut butter crackers produced there in February and found one which tested positive for salmonella. The company said the tainted peanut butter came from a Blakely, Ga., plant of Peanut Corp. of America.

The scare forced the plant to close for six weeks for cleanup.