Food maker laying off 211 workers


Kellogg Company is based in downtown Battle Creek. Photo via

A food maker in the region is shuttering its lone Michigan distribution center and laying off 211 employees.

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company is closing its Detroit area distribution center, at 30104 Research Dr. in New Hudson, “due to a change in its snacks sales and distribution model,” according to a notification to the state last week.

Penned by Labor Relations Director Joe Lierz, the letter says Kellogg will lay off employees both at the distribution center and in the company’s snacks retail execution department, most of whom don’t work out of the facility.

The final day for the distribution center and employees is expected to happen in a two-week period between July 29 and Aug. 11, and the final day for snacks retail execution employees will be between Aug. 4 and Aug. 17.

Some of the laid off employees are represented by Teamsters Local 337 and will be covered by applicable bumping rights.

The closure is one of 39 that Kellogg announced in January, which will affect more than 1,000 employees.

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