ALTURA, Minn. (AP) — An Minnesota egg processing plant's production is moving to Britt, Iowa, affecting about 40 employees, says Michael Foods Group Inc., whose subsidiary, M.G. Waldbaum Co. of Wakefield, Neb., owns both plants.
Waldbaum acquired the plants about two months ago when it bought Primera Foods Corp. in a $35.7 million deal, then decided to move the Altura, Minn., plant's production to the Iowa facility.
“As we closed the sale and started to review the entire business with our team, the team determined expanding the plant in Britt and integrating the Altura production into our facilities was the best approach,” said Diane Sparish, the company's vice president for communications.
Sparish said about 40 employees at the Altura plant will be entitled to severance pay and retention incentives. While the exact employment needs at the Britt expansion are not yet known, Sparish said employees at Altura are encouraged to apply for open positions at Michael Foods.
Altura Mayor Josh Elsing said Michael Foods has been talking with the city since the transition began.
“We do recognize the impact of this decision on Altura,” Sparish said. “We are committed to working with the affected employees and community leaders through the transition.”
Michael Foods is based in Minnetonka, Minn.