J.M. Smucker will close its pet food offices in San Francisco, California, USA, reported the San Francisco Business Times. The office was acquired from Big Heart Pet Brands when Smucker bought the company in 2015. The closure will become effective on October 31 and result in 100 layoffs.
Smucker plans to consolidate pet food offices to their corporate headquarters in Orrville, Ohio, USA, corporate spokesman Ray Hancart told the San Francisco Business Times. Smucker is discussing severance and outplacement services with soon-to-be former employees.
The closing of the San Francisco pet food offices is part of a larger restructuring by Smucker, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. Three other pet food offices will also be closed: one in Burbank, California, USA and two in Pennsylvania.
J.M. Smucker closing some Ainsworth Pet Nutrition offices
The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition offices in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA will be closed by J.M. Smucker, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Layoffs will begin on August 31, continuing into 2019. Eventually 54 employees will be out of work. Smucker acquired Ainsworth earlier in 2018. Sewickley is located 12 miles to the northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In April, the J. M. Smucker Company signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, LLC for approximately US$1.7 billion.
Earlier consolidations of pet food facilities by Smucker
Smucker’s Big Heart Pet Brands consolidated work done in its operations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, into its Orrville, Ohio, USA, headquarters, effective April 30, 2016.
Closing of the Pittsburgh plant affected approximately 225 workers. The company said relocation opportunities will be available to about 100 positions.