Quaker Oats Plant to Close After Wide Recall

Hundreds of workers will be affected by the closure.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

April 12, 2024

1 Min Read
Quaker Plant Closing Permanently
The Quaker plant that was temporarily shuttered recently after product recalls is permanently closing.Darren McCollester / Staff / Getty Images News via Getty Images North America

PepsiCo is permanently closing a Quaker Oats plant that was temporarily shuttered recently after products it made were recalled due to Salmonella contamination.

An Illinois WARN notice showed 510 employees would be laid off.

The plant in Danville, which has been operating since 1969, will close June 8, the City of Danville said in a post on Facebook. As well, the post stated that the business has already ceased production, but is still paying employees.

The facility manufactured several of the Quaker products recalled in December 2023 and in January 2024.

Quaker sent a statement to local news station WCIA:

The Quaker Oats Company announces that we are permanently closing our facility in Danville, IL. Following the Quaker recall in December 2023, we paused production at the facility. After a detailed review, we determined that meeting our future manufacturing needs would require an extended closure for enhancements and modernization. In order to continue the timely delivery of Quaker products trusted by consumers since 1877, we determined production would need to permanently shift to other facilities. We do not make this decision lightly and recognize the impact it will have on our employees, their families, and the Danville community. We have notified our workforce and are working closely with our employees and local community officials to provide a supportive transition.”

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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