From the Star Ledger:
As many as 600 people could lose their jobs late this summer when the Nabisco plant in Fair Lawn closes, the borough’s mayor and the company said Thursday.
The North American division of Nabisco’s parent company, Mondelez International, said in November it was considering closing the 63-year-old plant and informed officials Thursday that its doors will shut in late August or early September, Mayor Kurt Peluso said in a Facebook Live on Thursday.
“It’s really sad news,” Peluso said. “It’s really sad news. Nabisco has been a big part of Fair Lawn. We’re disappointed to see it go and we feel horrible for all the employees.”
The plant produces baked goods under the Nabisco brand, including staples such as Oreo, Lorna Doone and Teddy Grahams.
Peluso said he was a part of a group of officials that included Gov. Phil Murphy and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) who were unsuccessful in talking Nabisco into staying in Bergen County. “It just sucks that through no fault of their own they’re losing their positions. We tried to persuade them to stay (but) we knew it was an uphill battle,” the mayor said.
The Fair Lawn facility is one of two on the East Coast slated to close — a factory in Atlanta will be shuttered while a Richmond, Virginia plant will stay open.
“Both Fair Lawn and Atlanta are no longer strategic assets from a geographic footprint perspective and both face significant operational challenges, including aging infrastructure and outdated production capabilities, which would have required significant investment to bring them to the modernized state required for the future,” the company said in a statement.