WOBURN (CBS) – It’s the end of an era in Woburn. The Kraft Foods plant off I-93 is set to close by the end of 2016.
Originally Atlantic Gelatin, the plant has been there for 95 years.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports
Kraft spokeswoman Joyce Hodel tells WBZ NewsRadio this has nothing to do with workers at the plant. “We’re always reviewing our manufacturing network and looking for ways to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of our operation,” Hodel says. “To be competitive the long-term investments needed to upgrade our technology and maintain the infrastructure of this facility is substantial.”
“This is not a reflection on our employees, because they have done terrific work,” Hodel said.
Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin is optimistic this change could eventually benefit the city. “Moving forward you can just sense the opportunity,” Mayor Galvin said. “It’s a great opportunity for the city to transform that site into something of a showpiece right on Route 93.”
The Kraft site sits on 57 acres and there are 200 employees who work at the plant.
The company plans to provide outplacement service and severance for salaried workers and will work with the union to discuss help for hourly employees.