169 Job Cuts Coming to Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Packaged bakery goods chain, Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO), has announced that the company is closing its bakery warehouse plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The closure of the plant will leave dozens of workers out of jobs.
Flowers Foods dropped the bombshell the same day the company reported its second-quarter earnings. The company informed in its earnings release that it would close its Winston-Salem snack cake bakery by early October, in order “to improve the profitability of its Warehouse segment.”
The following day, Flowers Foods filed the layoff notice with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, stating that the plant will permanently close by October 8 and lay off 169 employees.
Flowers Foods Reports Sales Decline
The announcement of the plant closure comes on the heels of declining profitability. Flowers Foods reported its sales saw a year-over-year drop of 0.9%. The sales drop is primarily attributable to the company’s Warehouse segment, which saw a significant 10.4% decline.
Included in this segment are sales of snack cakes and sweetened bakery goods, which were being produced at the Winston-Salem bakery.
Overall, Flowers Foods saw its net income dropping a staggering 12.5% year-over-year.
In order to save its profitability from slipping further, the company has decided to narrow down its focus on the best-performing business segments and wind down operations at underperforming bakeries.
The President and CEO of Flowers Foods, Allen Shiver, commented in the earnings release, “We continue to take decisive action to focus on the consumer and become a more efficient, streamlined organization.”
Following the closure of the Winston-Salem plant, Flowers Foods will move the production of sweet baked goods to its other more efficient facilities. Affected employees will be receiving severance packages from the company.
Locals in the city are sharing their sadness over the plant closure. Facebook reactions to the news included comments from relatives of employees and customers of the bakery.
Flowers Foods is a publicly traded company and is headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia. The company operates a number of bakeries across the country. Some of its most famous baked goods brands include “Nature’s Own,” “Wonder,” “Tastykake,” and “Dave’s Killer Bread.”
“Flowers Foods, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results,” Flowers Foods, August 9, 2017.
“WARN Notice – Summary Count,” North Carolina Department of Commerce, last accessed August 11, 2017.