Kellogg’s streamlining results in Augusta bakery layoffs

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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