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Campbell Soup laying off dozens at Charlotte office

Campbell Soup will lay off 55 workers at its corporate office in Ballantyne as part of a consolidation with its headquarters in Camden, New Jersey.

There are 166 employees at the Charlotte office, and some will be relocated to other company offices or work in remote roles, according to paperwork filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Most of the 55 workers who will lose their jobs chose not to relocate, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN notice, Campbell Soup filed with the state. Of those employees, 37 will lose their jobs in September, one in November and the remaining 17 on Dec. 1.

The 55 non-union workers are eligible for severance pay and other company benefits, according to the WARN notice.

Campbell Soup announced in January its plans to close its snacks offices in Charlotte and Norwalk, Connecticut, and combine them at its headquarters in New Jersey. The Charlotte office closure does not involve the company’s nearby distribution center or its manufacturing campus in Charlotte.

Campbell acquired Snyder’s-Lance five years ago in a $5 billion deal. Snyder’s-Lance products include Cape Code and Kettle potato chips, Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers.

In January, Campbell Soup announced that it would close its snacks offices in Charlotte and Norwalk, Connecticut, and combine them at its headquarters in Camden, New Jersey.

The company said at the time that Charlotte would remain a key manufacturing and distribution center, with approximately 1,400 employees in the Pineville area. Combined with the company’s Maxton manufacturing site, Campbell employs approximately 2,500 people in the state.

Snyder’s-Lance announced plans earlier this month to lay off as many as 125 workers in Charlotte as it closes one of the three plants on its manufacturing campus. The company said it would close its Crump Road plant no later than Sept 27, and that it expects employees to begin leaving around Aug. 25. Its other two plants, which make salty and bakery items, on the campus are not affected.

However, hourly workers at the Snyder’s-Lance site can apply for jobs at the other two plants, so the exact number of workers losing their jobs may be less, according to the company.


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