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Hundreds of jobs lost following Newport Conagra plant closing

District 11 Representative, Jeremy Faison, posted that the close was tough on the community on Twitter.
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 1:17 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2021 at 7:58 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A staple employer in the Newport community, Conagra Brands, ceased all production for the last time, Friday, Oct. 22.

Approximately 215 jobs were impacted due to the termination of production at the plant, Senior Director of Conagra communications, Dan Hare said.

“We informed employees many months ago and made sure to keep everyone updated as we finalized the process,” Hare said.

There are approximately thirty additional jobs that will be impacted once the warehouse portion of the plant closes. Hare said their current plan was to close the warehouse in late winter to early spring and they would make sure employees were aware of the plan in advance.

“We will make sure our teams are aware of plans and timing as we proceed,” Hare said.

District 11 Representative, Jeremy Faison, posted that the close was tough on the community on Twitter.

Conagra officials released a statement on the closing to WVLT News.

“Yesterday was the last day of production at our Newport facility and it impacted approximately 215 jobs. The decision was based on our need to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible across our full network of production facilities. The products will now be made primarily in Archbold, Ohio, and Ft. Madison, Iowa. We informed our employees early this year and have discussed the timing and transition support as part of the process. Employees are also able to apply for positions at other Conagra facilities,” the statement said.

If you are being laid off due to the plant closing, Rep. Faison said to call his office at 615-741-6871 and they would help take care of the transition.

The Newport plant was originally built in 1905 and produced Manwich, Van Camp’s Beans, Ranch Style Beans and Hunt’s spaghetti and tomato sauce.

ConAgra Foods Inc is closing down shop in Newport. This is very tough on our community. Please know that the state did...

Posted by State Representative Jeremy Faison on Thursday, October 21, 2021

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