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Mondelez to close Schiller Park allergy-free snack manufacturing plant

Published 08 January 2016

Confectionery products manufacturer Mondelez International is planning to shut down its Schiller Park manufacturing facility this year.

Enjoy Life

The Schiller park plant functions under Enjoy Life Foods, the allergy-free food division of Mondelez. This plant will be closed and operations will be shifted to southern Indiana in the second quarter of 2016. This move is done as part of a massive capacity expansion plan, chicago.suntimes.com reported.

The plan would result in 125 to 150 job losses. All employees have been offered employment at the new plant in Jeffersonville in Indiana, which is about 350 miles south of Chicago.

Enjoy Life makes manufactures products that are claimed to be free of allergens such as dairy, wheat, egg, soy, fish and certain nuts.

The company's corporate headquarters will continue to remain in Chicago, where around 50 people work in various divisions such as sales, marketing, product development and finance, Chicago Business reports.

The new Jeffersonville facility will have about 200,000sft, which is more than twice that of Schiller Park facility.

The company plans to install new production lines at the new facility in order to meet the growing demands for the products, according to Enjoy Life's chief sales and marketing offer Joel Warady.

Joel Warady was quoted by Chicago Business as saying: "Right now, we're producing everything (with) a batch process, which is inefficient. After being acquired by Mondelez in February 2015, global expansion became a big part of our future, which is why we needed a much larger facility that will allow us to grow exponentially on a global basis."

Warady also said that shifting farther south will also enable the company to accelerate distribution to the southern and western markets.

The transition is expected to complete by third quarter.

Mondelez purchased Enjoy Life Foods in February 2015 in order to tap the growing market of allergy-free foods, reports Chicago Business.

Image: Mondelez to close Enjoy Life's allergy-free snacks plant. Photo: Courtesy of Enjoy Life Foods.