Del Monte selling vegetable packing plant in Cambria

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CAMBRIA, Wis. (WMTV/AP) -- Del Monte Foods will be selling its Cambria, Wisconsin plant at the end of the current pack season.

Parent company Del Monte Pacific Ltd. announced Tuesday the plans to sell the plant as an operating facility as part of a restructuring. It is also closing a plant in Mendota, Illinois that employs more than 600 full-time and season employees. DelMonte also will close a plant in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.The company will sell manufacturing assets at its Crystal City, Texas facility and intends to transfer production at this site to outside locations later this year.

"This decision has been difficult and has come after careful consideration. This restructuring is a necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. Our asset-light strategy will lead to more efficient and lower cost operations," said Joselito D. Campos, Jr., Managing Director and CEO, Del Monte Pacific Limited. "We are committed to doing all we can to provide the affected employees with resources and support."

Production at these locations will be primarily transitioned to other Del Monte production facilities in the United States.