Thursday, October 18, 2007

Select Snacks to close, lay off 245 workers

The Department of Workforce Development updates its WARN page with a notice that Select Snacks Inc. in Jeffersonville will be closing down and laying off 245 employees before the end of the year.

A story in the New Albany Tribune last week indicates that the company had not made up its mind whether to close down:

During a conference call with media representatives on Friday morning, Ubiquity President and CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "During the transition period, we will retain the majority of positions in Jays facility in Chicago and Select's facilities in Jeffersonville, as well as in our Midwest distribution network. "Some job losses are inevitable, but we cannot estimate job losses at this time. Following the completion of the sale, operating and employment decisions are up to the buyer."

Ubiquity purchased the Jeffersonville facility, formerly known as Wyandott Inc., early last year.

"You just hope for the best," said Mayor Rob Waiz. "We'll try to help them in any way we can as a city."

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