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Del Monte to close Sleepy Eye plant, lay off all workers


August 21, 2019

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

A Del Monte worker makes sure that sweet corn is properly loaded on conveyor belts. On Tuesday, Del Monte Foods Inc. notified the state that it will permanently close the 89-year-old facility in Sleepy Eye at the end of this year's harvest and packing season.

Just days after Sleepy Eye wrapped up Buttered Corn Days, the company that donates all of the sweet cobs for the annual summer festival announced plans to shutter the local canning plant, laying off all full-time and seasonal workers with it.

Del Monte Foods Inc. on Tuesday notified the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development that it will permanently close the Sleepy Eye location at the end of this year's harvest and packing season, shuttering a plant that opened in the Great Depression and has been a mainstay of the community for 89 years.


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