FAIR LAWN, NJ - The news is out, the Mondelez bakery factory in Bergen County is considering a move out of town, or are they?
"This is the beginning of the process," said Laurie Guzzinati, Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs North America Mondelēz Global LLC out of East Hanover. "Right now, it's business as usual."
Mondelez, an American multinational food and beverage company with an annual revenue of more than $25 billion, is one of the largest producers of Oreo cookies in the world and employs 600 people at the Fair Lawn industrial park plant.
Part of the concern with the Fair Lawn plant, company officials say, is its age.
"How can we continue to maintain high quality production going forward in an aging facility," Guzzinati said. "That is part of the consideration."
While Guzzinati offered that Mondelez has met with the union the represents the plant's employees she added that "no decision has been made." Still Oreos, first produced in Hoboken in 1912 have a long history in our state and elected officials are taking no chances. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) said he was working with local Mayor Kurt Peluso as well as Gov. Phil Murphy to keep the 60-year-old bakery open.
Depsite mentions of a move to Mexico, Guzzinati said the company remains committed to New Jersey and U.S. production and that the discussion is about "what makes sense geographically."
"We're committed to New Jersey," Guzzinati said concluding that no decision about such a closure is expected until at least the middle of next year.
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