Kellogg’s streamlining results in Augusta bakery layoffs

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 10:07 AM
Last updated 11:57 AM
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Kellogg’s laid off an undisclosed number of employees at its Augusta bakery Thursday as part of an initiative to streamline its operations.

“We continually look to optimize our manufacturing network. We’ve undertaken a program called K-LEAN or Kellogg’s Lean, Efficient, Agile Network which is helping Kellogg become more effective and efficient and ensure we have the right structure in place,” said corporate spokeswoman Kris Charles.

Ms. Charles said employees affected by the K-LEAN were notified Thursday.

“As we simplify and standardize our processes at our Augusta bakery, some jobs were impacted,” she said. “We do not disclose the number of employees at our plants or the number of people impacted, however I can assure you that we’re taking a fair and thoughtful approach and we are supporting impacted employees through transitions.”

According to published reports, another plant in Cary, N.C., has also undergone layoffs through the K-LEAN initiative. The number of personnel affect there was also not disclosed.

The plant on Marvin Griffin Road makes cookies and snack packs.

Kellogg’s is Richmond County’s fourth largest manufacturing employer, according to the Development Authority of Richmond County, with more than 500 employees prior to its expansion.

The Augusta bakery hired more than 200 people this fall to run equipment that was transferred from its Charlotte, N.C., plant, now making new cookie products for Kashi, Keebler and the Girl Scouts.

Kellogg’s has other expansion plans in the works for its Augusta facility, officials have told the development authority, although they’ve not publicly revealed what they are.

The development authority on Thursday approved $30 million in revenue bonds to fund the current Kashi/Girl Scout expansion and future expansions there.

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storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/24/09 - 11:16 am
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Why do companies have to

Why do companies have to layoff people around holidays. Gezz at least let them work through Christmas

SMN
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SMN 11/24/09 - 11:20 am
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Budgets are being set for the

Budgets are being set for the next year. Definitely stinks that's for sure.

Any other recent Augusta company layoffs?

El Guapo
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El Guapo 11/24/09 - 11:24 am
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Thats real nice. We give them

Thats real nice. We give them 30 million bucks, and they fire people.

mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 11/24/09 - 11:26 am
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check over seas thats where

check over seas thats where the jobs are if you want to fix the economy bring back our jobs.

bankgirl
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bankgirl 11/24/09 - 11:32 am
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i thought they were bringing

i thought they were bringing jobs to augusta nto laying more people off.. what happened to them hiring 200 employees..

Batman
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Batman 11/24/09 - 11:40 am
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You're a monster, Mr.

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You've got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch.

WMartin
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WMartin 11/24/09 - 11:54 am
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“We continually look to

“We continually look to optimize our manufacturing network. We’ve undertaken a program called K-LEAN which is helping Kellogg become more effective and efficient and ensure we have the right structure in place". BULL!!!!! You fire PEOPLE who have FAMILIES, who have lives in the CSRA !!!!! What's wrong with letting PEOPLE do the work instead of a machine here or a machine there? This kind of behaviour is what plays into the hands of liberals/socialists/unions !!! Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when companies valued their employees more than announcing job layoffs at Christmas!!!! As for me and my house, we will buy no Kellogg product until these PEOPLE are hired back. SHAME ON YOU, KELLOGG, you disgusting filth !!!!!!

CarlA
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CarlA 11/24/09 - 12:12 pm
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US corporations have been

US corporations have been steadily cutting jobs since the early 1990s ever since Clinton signed NAFTA.

CarlA
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CarlA 11/24/09 - 12:14 pm
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Again we see a company

Again we see a company cutting jobs in Augusta and moving them to Charlotte. Who can blame them. "Augusta ain't no place to be."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/24/09 - 12:42 pm
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BUY USA,,,BUY USA ,,,BUY

BUY USA,,,BUY USA ,,,BUY USA,,Do business w/workers here..We can't compete with countries paying jobs (like engineer jobs) $4000. a year..when they could make 65,000.$ here.. but we can go to local stores,,local groceries etc..We don't need to make it easy for a company to send jobs away.

localjay
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localjay 11/24/09 - 01:02 pm
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Please get your facts

Please get your facts straight. Nobody gave them 30 million dollars. An industrial bond is like a mortgage...they pay it back with interest. Plus, what what I've seen, they are bringing jobs from Charlotte, and not the other way around.

Lp_J
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Lp_J 11/24/09 - 01:13 pm
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i know the feeling i was laid

i know the feeling i was laid off 2 weeks before before x-mas last year

charliemanson
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charliemanson 11/24/09 - 01:36 pm
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Ceo's got to please their

Ceo's got to please their stockholders.

pommom38
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pommom38 11/24/09 - 02:07 pm
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I'm confused and baffled by

I'm confused and baffled by this. Isn't this the very plant that was expanding and bringing MORE jobs just a month or so ago? oh wait, they jumped the gun, and those 200 hired were the one's let go? I also don't understand how a company like this lose's jobs! I mean more than half of america buys pop tarts, cereal, and cookies. This is really awful!! And I so agree, they could have let these people work till after the holidays.. Working until Dec. 31st does not impact there 2010 budget!

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 11/24/09 - 02:22 pm
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AMEN....and some of the ones

AMEN....and some of the ones laid off had over 30 years in. Very sad situation for all who don't have jobs right now. It's very grim right now. I thank God every morning that I still have one. I have two adult children who don't have jobs right now and it is very HARD and competitive. Good luck to all these people earnestly wanting to work.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 11/24/09 - 03:15 pm
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I bet that the 200 they hired

I bet that the 200 they hired are still there and some older higher paid workers were the ones let go. That's the way these companies do now days. A friend of mine was with a national company here in Augusta for ten years. He was paid more than all the younger people who worked with him. Both due to job performance and time on the job. Six weeks ago they let him go due to "reduction in salaried workforce" He found out last week they had hired a kid part time making minimun wage to replace him. How was that fair to him and his family. Does loyalty of employees mean anything anymore. I guess not. Just like Kellogg here, we as taxpayers just "give" them 30 million dollars and they thank us by laying off our citizens. I think this is horrible and I have bought my last box of frosted flakes.

jimbobob
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jimbobob 11/24/09 - 04:32 pm
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I remember another food plant

I remember another food plant in Augusta got a bunch of grant money to modernize and it wound up costing jobs too.

jknox1023
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jknox1023 11/24/09 - 06:05 pm
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You all do know those 200

You all do know those 200 "jobs" were all jobs with their outsourcer. In other words they were 200 temp jobs!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/24/09 - 06:17 pm
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Is anyone on here buying the

Is anyone on here buying the same amount of junk food as before? We aren't, we've cut way back on that stuff, and so has everyone else I know. If the stuff isn't selling, what is a company supposed to do? Keep producing it and throw it away?

jhodges299
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jhodges299 11/24/09 - 09:33 pm
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2 people I know have been

2 people I know have been affected by this....also they are laying off long long time employees.

Why don't we boycott their products? They don't care about people so why should we care about them?

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