Charlotte-area snack maker to lay off dozens as it closes an aging plant soon

Great American Snacks will close its Monroe plant in September.
Great American Snacks will close its Monroe plant in September.

A snack maker in the Charlotte region will soon close, resulting in the layoff of 84 workers.

Great American Snacks said that it is closing its appetizer plant in Monroe in September, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice filed this week.

The facility, which is about 28 miles from Charlotte, is closing because of "the age of the building and challenging infrastructure," the company said.

Under federal law, companies must file WARN notices when they make mass layoffs, close plants or change ownership.

Great American Snacks, a subsidiary of McCain Foods, acquired Idaho-based Great American Appetizers in September 2016, according to a statement. The company's two plants — in Monroe and Nampa, Idaho — have operated under the Great American Snacks name since then.

The two plants manufacture snacks such as breaded and battered vegetables, cheese and other specialty appetizers.

In a joint statement, Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore and the Monroe-Union County Economic Development said they are disappointed in McCain Foods’ decision to close its Monroe facility.

"Union County and the City of Monroe remain extremely competitive and desirable for expansion opportunities and new projects seeking a location in the greater Charlotte Metro. Our office knows that these employees will be quickly absorbed in this thriving industrial market," the statement read.

Great American Snacks will be offering workers severance packages and outplacement assistance, according to Jeff DeLapp, president of McCain Foods Limited, North America.

Products made at the Monroe plant will be moved to other locations in the Great American Snacks supply network, the company said.

"It is never an easy decision to close a plant, especially when it means job losses,” DeLapp said. “It is our priority to ensure that all of our employees are treated fairly and respectfully.”

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta