Another round of job losses for Dothan

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Dothan (WTVY) Dothan suffered its second large round of layoffs in less than a week Wednesday when TreeHouse, a food packaging company, announced it plans to eliminate about 135 positions.

The announcement came about a week after Nypro, a plastics manufacturer, told employees it plans to shut down by the end of this year. About 100 jobs and 50 temporary positions will be eliminated.

TreeHouse Foods, in a written statement, said it will transition non-peanut packaging operations beginning in November and continuing for the next 10 months.

The layoffs are part of TreeHouse 2020, the company's broad based restructuring plan to improve its competitive position and operating margin structure through a comprehensive program of category and customer portfolio management as well as manufacturing and supply chain optimization,” the company said. The company plans to close plants in Minnesota and Indiana.

"The decisions to close these facilities are difficult ones given their impact on families and communities," said Mr. Sam K. Reed, Chairman and CEO of TreeHouse. "However, despite the toll they exact, these measures are required if we are to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace for packaged foods. In order to win in today's marketplace, we must not only produce the finest quality at the lowest costs, but also fully utilize the capacity of our plants and the capability of our people in doing so."

Nypro hasn’t made a formal announcement regarding its plan to close. However, WTVY and aired and published the story Friday with other outlets later reporting the story.