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General Mills to close Poplar plant

General Mills announced this morning that it will close its meal products plant in Poplar. The closure, expected in August 2008, will affect 113 employees. General Mills said it will provide severance benefits and transition services to the workers.

General Mills announced this morning that it will close its meal products plant in Poplar.

The closure, expected in August 2008, will affect 113 employees. General Mills said it will provide severance benefits and transition services to the workers.

General Mills said the closure is the result of its need to expand capacity while reducing costs. Production will be moved to other facilities.

"These announcements are never easy, especially given the committed service of the Poplar plant, employees and leadership," Paul Lokar, General Mills Vice President of Manufacturing, said in a news release announcing the closure. "The decision to close the facility was made after careful consideration of every available option."

General Mills has operated the Poplar plant since 2001 as part of the Pillsbury acquisition.

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