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Unilever to Close Manufacturing Plant in Massachusetts

Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, has announced that it will be closing its manufacturing plant in Framingham, Massachusetts. “Unilever continually looks for ways to achieve greater efficiencies across our Supply Chain network,” said Steve Rosemary, director of manufacturing, Unilever Ice Cream. “After a long and careful analysis, we have determined that greater efficiencies can be achieved by shifting production to other company plants in the United States. This decision was a difficult one and in no way reflects the dedication or performance of our Framingham colleagues.” Production from Framingham-–which manufactures Breyers packaged ice cream–-will be transferred to other sites within the Unilever network in several phases, beginning in mid-year 2010. Plant production is expected to finish no later than the second half of 2010, with the final plant closing expected to occur during that same time period. Unilever’s U.S. portfolio includes major brands such as Axe, Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, Sunsilk, and Vaseline--all registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Unilever employs nearly 12,000 people in both the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2008. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.

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