- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin lawmakers are calling for action to prevent an Oscar Mayer plant in Madison from closing.

Kraft Heinz Food Co. announced Wednesday it will close seven plants in North America, including the flagship Oscar Mayer plant in Madison. The plant currently employs about 1,000 people.

State Sen. Fred Risser and state Rep. Chris Taylor, Madison Democrats whose districts include the plant, call the announcement “gut wrenching.”

Risser and Taylor say they already have spoken to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s office and Gov. Scott Walker’s office about keeping the company in Madison and saving those jobs.

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha says the closing “accentuates the urgent need for action on jobs.”

Barca urged the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to add the closing to its board agenda next week.

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