Thursday, March 25, 2010

Folgers' Kansas City plant closing in 2012 (updated)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 8:19 AM

click to enlarge The Kansas City Folgers plant is closing and layoffs are coming.
  • The Kansas City Folgers plant is closing and layoffs are coming.

Update: The worst part of waking up, is Folgers Coffee Co. shutting down its Kansas City plant in June 2012. The news broke Wednesday, and the first thing many people have talked about is losing the aroma downtown. But the real loss is a company that's been in KC for more than century and the 180 jobs that will be lost.

The Kansas City Star reports that production will continue but layoffs are coming as the "phase-out" begins in 2011, starting with 50 jobs.

The campaign to keep save the plant is on. A Facebook page, "Please Don't Close the Kansas City Folgers Plant!!" already has 280 fans, and family members are commenting and vowing to never by products from the J.M. Smucker Co., Folgers' parent company.

Can social media save Folgers?

The downtown Folgers Coffee Co. is slated to close in June 2012, with

the plant's operations moving to New Orleans. The announcement was made

to union members this morning.

A call to Folgers was not

immediately returned.

Market Watch reports that

Folgers' parent company, J.M. Smucker, announced Wednesday plans to cut

15 percent of its workforce (700 full-time jobs) by 2012 and close two

coffee plants and two jam plants.

Speaking to The Pitch,

Missouri state Rep. Mike Talboy called the closing "extremely

unfortunate" and said he hoped Folgers would reconsider. Talboy said

he'd be working with the Missouri Department of Economic Development to

see if there's anything that can be done to keep the plant open and also

keep the 200 or so jobs in Kansas City.

"I'm going to do

everything I can to protect Kansas City jobs," Talboy said.

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