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General Mills to Close Two Facilities, Cut 600 Jobs

General Mills announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in West Chicago, IL, and one of its two facilities in Joplin, MO.

The decision to close the West Chicago facility is subject to negotiation with union officials. If the decision becomes final, the company expects the facility would close mid-calendar year 2017.

The West Chicago plant manufactures cereal, meals, and snack products, and has been operated by General Mills since 1959. A closure would impact approximately 500 employees.

General Mills said it will close the Joplin, MO manufacturing facility on Junge Blvd by the end of 2015. The company said its facility on Stephens Blvd will remain open and will continue operating.

The Junge Blvd location manufactures snack products, and has been operated by General Mills since 2014. The decision impacts approximately 120 positions at the Junge Boulevard facility.

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