AVON, N.Y. (WROC)- Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, their partnership with Kraft-Heinz to keep multiple Kraft-Heinz plants in Upstate New York open, including the factory in Avon.
Friday, October 30 Kraft-Heinz announced it would possibly close three Upstate New York facilities in order to save money which would ultimately leave thousands of people unemployed.
Wednesday’s announcement means 405 workers at the Avon plant will keep their jobs.
“The Avon plant will continue to make Cool Whip, and Lunchables, and even better news, over the next 5 years, Kraft is going to expand the plant, so that it can grow beyond the 405,” said Schumer.
Schumer said the state gave Kraft-Heinz incentives to grow and replaced outdated equipment. The state is giving Kraft-Heinz 20-million dollars which the company plans to match.
“They are putting in new machinery, assembly lines and equipment making it far more efficient, they’ll be able to produce more,” Schumer said.
David Lefeber is Avon’s Town Supervisor. Lafeber said The Kraft-Heinz facility is the largest private sector employer in Livingston County and it would have been devastating to see it go.
“The business brings a lot of truck traffic and uses services from municipalities and other vendors to keep the plant operational, so it has a huge impact,” Lefeber said. “Jobs are critical but the other associated functions to keep it operating and to help other businesses or individuals here in the county.”
The announcement to close the plant in Avon and others in New York State was to try and save money. Kraft-Heinz still plans to close seven plants in the US and Canada over the next two years as part of a downsizing, shedding 2,600 jobs.