According to the Associated Press, H.J. Heinz Co. is closing three plants in North America and cutting 1,350 jobs in an effort to operate more efficiently. The food maker said that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months. The cuts total 200 jobs in Florence, S.C., 410 jobs in Pocatello, Idaho, and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, in Canada. Heinz will shift production from these locations to other existing facilities in the United States and Canada.
The company also said it will invest in remaining facilities and add 470 positions at five factories in Ohio, Iowa, California, and Canada.
Heinz was acquired and taken private by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital earlier this year.