Saputo to close Fond du Lac factory by June 1
FOND DU LAC - Saputo Cheese USA Inc. will close the doors of its factory on Scott Street in Fond du Lac no later than June 1, state officials have confirmed.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, partnering with the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, will offer "rapid response" services to the about 120 affected employees.
Services might include pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics, such as resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies and budgeting; provision of information about programs and resources through written materials and information sessions; and career and resource fairs, according to the department.
According to a statement issued by the company in November 2017, employees will receive severance pay and some will get a chance to work at other Saputo facilities.
In 2009, Saputo closed a facility located at 325 Tompkins St. in Fond du Lac, eliminating 39 positions. At the time, the company was operating eight plants in Wisconsin and cited efficiency reasons for the closing.
The Tompkins plant is now operated by Milk Specialties Global.
In 2014, the Saputo shuttered a New London plant, affecting 180 employees.
Saputo still owns multiple locations in Wisconsin.