General Mills’ Restructuring Moves Continue, This Time In Australia
General Mills said Thursday it will close one of its Australian manufacturing facilities in Mount Waverly, Victoria and shifting operations into an expanded production facility in Rooty Hill, South Wales.
The restructuring move will affect hundreds of workers, according to General Mills, and could result in employment changes. The food conglomerate, which is based in Golden Valley, said it would attempt to relocate employees to Rooty Hills, but that it is “likely that most roles from Mount Waverley will become redundant.”
General Mills’ Mount Waverly facility primarily produced pasta, sauces and ready-to-eat meals. The company said the consolidation of the two sites would allow it to “simplify” its supply chain and open up new business opportunities.
All employees were made aware of the change, General Mills said, although the closure isn’t expected to occur until sometime between April and June of 2018.
This is not the only restructuring move General Mills has made in recent months. In July, it announced the sale or closure of five of its manufacturing facilities across three continents. General Mills said the shutdown of those facilities—which included the original Progresso soup plant—would likely cost at least $120 million in severance payments and relation charges.