NEWPORT—News broke early Wednesday morning that Conagra Brands in Newport will be closing in January 2021.

The facility is closing in an effort to optimize the recently expanded network of plants and improve efficiency, according to a company statement.

“Today we informed employees that we are closing the Newport, TN facility. We expect to end production at the facility in January of 2021. These changes will allow us to optimize our expanded network, which grew upon our acquisition of Pinnacle Foods last year. We explored a variety of options and have determined that this decision will allow the company to increase efficiencies within the larger scope of our company,” the statement read.

“We regularly review operating costs across the business in an effort to become more lean, efficient and productive. This is a routine exercise that includes every facility in our network. As is always the case when we make a decision like this, we have the utmost consideration for our employees and how they will be affected. It is important to us that we treat impacted employees fairly and with a high degree of respect.”

Conagra in Newport employs an estimated 300-400 individuals.

This is a developing story, and more information will hopefully be released in the coming days.

Continue to look follow us online at www.newportplaintalk.com for more updates.

A full story will appear in the weekend edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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