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Hillshire Brands to close Florence plant, 1,100 workers losing jobs

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Hillshire Brands will close its Florence plant in December, leaving 1,100 workers without a job. Hillshire Brands will close its Florence plant in December, leaving 1,100 workers without a job.
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Hillshire Brands Company officials say they plan to close the company's Florence plant, which employees about 1,100 people.  The company said in a statement that the plant is set to close on December 30.  The Florence plant includes cooking operations for breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sausages. 

Tom Hayes, chief supply chain officer, said closing the Florence plant was a "very difficult" decision. However, he said the company determined that it won't meet efficiency or long-term profit expectations.  Company officials said in the statement that the firm will provide severance and outplacement assistance to employees consistent with its company policies.

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