Stroehmann bakery plant in Harrisburg to close


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A large central Pennsylvania bakery will close later this month, leaving about 90 people without jobs.

Bimbo Bakeries USA says it will shutter the Stroehmann facility in Harrisburg on Sept. 19. Workers had been making hundreds of thousands of baked goods per year.

Company spokesman John Bowden said Tuesday that production will be shifted to bakeries in Hazleton and the Lehigh Valley.

Bimbo has operated the Harrisburg bakery since buying Stroehmann in 2009. It had already cut more than 60 jobs at the site earlier this year.

Bowden says it wasn't an easy decision to close the plant, and that Bimbo is trying to remain competitive.

Bimbo is a division of Mexico's Grupo Bimbo. Its brands include Entenmann's, Orowheat and Stroehmann.

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