- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant is now slated to close by March 2017, ending nearly 100 years as a part of the city.

Parent company Kraft Heinz Food Co. announced the impending closure in November, along with the closure of six other plants, as part of a plan to save $1.5 billion in costs.

According to a notice from Kraft Heinz to Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development released Tuesday, the closure will occur in phases beginning at the end of June and continuing through the first quarter of 2017.

The notice says about 46 salaried employees and about 515 hourly union employees will lose their jobs. In November, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said another 300 corporate workers would be offered jobs at the Chicago headquarters.

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