NORPAC in Stayton closing, hundreds to lose jobs

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NORPAC Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of workers at a food plant in Stayton are expected to lose their jobs this fall.

NORPAC Foods announced last week that its Stayton plant will permanently close on October 31. The closure will affect 485 union and non-union workers, according to the Oregon Dislocated Worker Unit.

NORPAC Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. In a letter dated August 22, NORPAC said it plans to sell most of its assets to Oregon Potato Company.

On August 30, the grower-owned fruit and vegetable cooperative founded in 1924 announced the Oregon Potato Company plans to buy the Stayton plant and doesn’t intend to continue its current operations.

“OPC’s indication at this time is not to continue operations at the Stayton plant,” NORPAC Vice President Paul D. Scott wrote in a letter to employees. “As a result, we are providing notice of the closure of the Stayton plant … and tentatively expect that your employment with NORPAC will be terminated effective October 31, 2019 or within fourteen (14) days thereafter. While the bankruptcy auction might result in a different company besides OPC acquiring NORPAC’s facilities, there is no guarantee that the winning company will decide to continue to run the Stayton plant.”

Click to see the full list of NORPAC employee positions affected by the closure.

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