Procter & Gamble Pet Care will be laying off 85 employees of the Iams pet food plant in Lewisburg, Ohio over the next nine months. Currently, 129 employees work at the plant. After the layoffs, only 44 employees will be working at the Lewisburg plant.
Procter & Gamble Pet Care is restructuring its dry pet food production “to fully leverage manufacturing capability and expertise” at each of the company’s four US plants.
The Lewisburg plant will be shifting its dry food production to the other 3 plants in: Leipsic, Ohio; Aurora, Nebraska; and Henderson, North Carolina. The focus of the Lewisburg plant will be on specialty pet food products, including those only prescribed by veterinarians.
From Dayton Daily News:
These changes will provide significant cost advantages and have a significant positive impact on the future growth of our pet food business,” according to the release.
“Our employees,” the release states, “have made significant contributions to the success of Iams and Eukanuba pet foods over the years, and we deeply appreciate their commitment and service to the company.”
Employees will be offered a choice of relocation to a position at another plant or a separation package.