Kellogg's to cut jobs in Syracuse area

NORTH SYRACUSE -- The facility that stocks snacks made by the Kellogg company and distributes them to stores in the greater Syracuse area will close sometime by the end of this year.

The building on Round Pond Road, off Northern Boulevard, is in an industrial complex that also houses a FedEx shipping warehouse. It is one of 39 distribution centers Kellogg is shutting down across the country. "While this is the right move for the company to achieve our long-term objectives, it was a difficult decision because of its impact on employees," said company spokesperson Kris Charles.

Kellogg says the average distribution center employs 30 full-time workers. The company did not give the exact number of workers that will be impacted at the North Syracuse facility.

The company says some of its biggest retail partners have expressed interest in hiring its warehouse workers after the facilities close. "We are optimistic that our employees will find similar employment once this transition is complete so the net impact is impossible to quantify," Charles said. Kellogg’s plans to have the targeted sites closed by the fourth quarter of this year.

In a corporate news release, the company says it is moving to a "highly efficient warehouse model," and will no longer rely on the direct store delivery system the North Syracuse facility was part of.

Kellogg makes a variety of cereals and snack foods including Pringles, Cheez-It, Keebler cookies and more. In 2015, the company reported sales of $13.5 billion.

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