Closure of Frankfurt bakery plant will leave more than 200 people out of work

A view of WB Frozen, formerly Weston Foods and Granny's Kitchens, located at 178 Industrial Park Drive in Frankfort on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

A total of 206 workers will be laid off on May 23 after the closure of WB Frozen LLC, formerly Granny’s Kitchens, a bakery factory located at 178 Industry Park in Frankfort, according to a February 22 WARN notice issued by the State Department of New York. Work.

Why is the Frankfurt factory closing?

The notice from the Ministry of Labor mentioned that the factory was closing due to “corporate restructuring”.

WB Frozen did not respond to several attempts at additional comment.

When a factory closes or there are mass layoffs, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires employers with more than 100 workers to give them at least 60 days’ notice, according to the US Department work. Additionally, companies are encouraged to notify the state’s Displaced Workers Unit as soon as possible.

When will the bakery close?

The facility is expected to close permanently on May 23, according to the notice sent to the New York State Department of Labor. This will affect 206 workers who live in Herkimer and Oneida counties.

What happened to the current employees?

Marcela Gutierrez worked in packaging and production at the Frankfurt bakery for over two years. She was one of the bakery employees affected by the closure of the establishment.

Employees like Gutierrez were given 90 days notice of termination and many have already been laid off and are receiving 41 days of severance, said Karen Piseck, manager of Working Solutions at Herkimer.

Marcela Gutierrez (left) and Amarilis Gonzalez Balboa (right) are two employees of WB Frozen LLC who will lose their jobs on Monday, May 23 when the Frankfurt plant closes.  They attended a job fair hosted by Oneida and Herkimer Counties, the New York State Department of Labor and the Center on Wednesday, May 4 looking for a new job.

“I felt very bad because I already had friends but we have to move on,” Gutierrez said. “It was a very good job.”

Gutierrez said she plans to find another job soon because “we can’t stop because the bills just keep piling up.”

Amarilis Gonzalez Balboa is another worker who will lose her job this month after almost a year at the bakery. She said she was happy with the way the company is handling layoffs.

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