Great American Snacks, Inc., a Nampa, Idaho-based subsidiary of McCain Foods USA, Inc., Lisle, Ill., announced plans to close operations at its Monroe, N.C., manufacturing plant due to the age of the building and challenging infrastructure.

"It is never an easy decision to close a plant, especially when it means job losses," says Jeff DeLapp, president, North America, McCain Foods Ltd., Canada. "It is our priority to ensure that all of our employees are treated fairly and respectfully. We will be offering severance packages, as well as outplacement assistance to all those impacted."

Products currently produced at the Monroe plant will be moved to other locations in the Great American Snacks supply network to ensure a consistent supply for customers, as well as the opportunity to enhance the company's products and services.

The full closure of Monroe is expected to be complete by the end of September.