Kellogg cutting 223 jobs at Battle Creek plant

Kellogg's cereal
A June 25, 2010 file photo shows boxes of Kellogg's Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks on the shelf of a Mt. Lebanon, Pa., grocery store. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kellogg Company announced its latest round of job cuts, primarily at its Battle Creek plant.

The company announced the cuts Thursday as part of its effort to improve the sustainability of its plants. Kellogg said the cuts would impact around 223 employees at the Battle Creek plant.

Before the cuts are finalized, the union in Battle Creek will be able to review the proposal. If approved, the cuts will begin in the first quarter of 2018.

A plant employee who did not want to be identified told 24 Hour News 8 that all of the workers received a phone call around 5 p.m. Wednesday, telling them to show up for a meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. That’s when the employees first learned about the cuts, the worker said.

In a statement to 24 Hour News 8, Kellogg said the changes are part of its effort to “improve the sustainability and viability of our U.S. ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) plants in support of our 2020 Growth Plan.” The changes will “better meet our current and future production needs, and the evolving needs of our consumers,” Kellogg said.

Battle Creek
A welcome mat shows Battle Creek’s emblem.

Earlier this year, the company announced it was eliminating 250 jobs at its headquarters and closing 39 distribution centers nationwide as the Battle Creek-based company shifts from direct store delivery to warehouses.

In the wake of the cuts, Battle Creek Assistant City Manager Ted Dearing says the city has done a good job at diversifying its local economy.

“Well, obviously here in the community we’ve had to adjust to the changing dynamic in the cereal industry for quite a few years now,” Dearing said. “Our primary concerns is about those whose jobs may be impacted and trying to find ways to create or find other opportunities for them here in Battle Creek.”

**Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly said the announcement was made Friday. It was actually made Thursday. We regret the error.