- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) - A Progresso soup factory in New Jersey might close under a global supply chain restructuring, costing approximately 370 employees their jobs.

General Mills on Thursday made the announcement about the Vineland factory, as well as plants in Ohio, Brazil and China.

The company says it would transfer production from the Vineland plant to other U.S. facilities in order to eliminate excess soup capacity in the North America supply chain.

General Mills says the decision is subject to negotiations with union officials. The union recently ratified a four-year contract.

Employees were sent home for the weekend and are scheduled to return on Monday.

Progresso Quality Foods opened its first Vineland plant in 1942.

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