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Hillshire to close 70-year-old Alabama plant, cut 1,100 jobs

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[April 05, 2014]  (Reuters)  Hillshire Brands Co <HSH.N> on Friday said it will close its Florence, Alabama, plant, the site of its breakfast sandwich and breakfast sausage cooking operations, and cut roughly 1,100 jobs by December 30.

The 242,000-square-foot facility, which was built in the 1940s, did not meet its efficiency and long-term profitability targets, Hillshire said in a regulatory filing.

Closure-related costs are expected to total about $34.4 million, including severance, depreciation and other items.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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