Saputo has announced several major capital investments and consolidation initiatives intended to enhance and streamline its manufacturing footprint in its U.S. and international sector.
As a first phase, Saputo plans to invest approximately $134 million toward the modernization and expansion of its cheese manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and California and to support its growth plan in the retail market segment. The initiatives will begin in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year and are expected to take approximately two years to implement.
Complementing this first phase, Saputo also will be consolidating the cut-and-wrap activities in its West Coast operations, and right-size its footprint by closing its Bardsley Street, Tulare, Calif., facility in fiscal year 2023. The impact on employees is expected to be minimal, as opportunities for employment will be available at other Saputo facilities in Tulare.
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In the international sector, Saputo will be streamlining operations in two of its manufacturing facilities in Australia. A limited number of employees will be impacted.
“Staying true to our disciplined approach and commitment to shareholder value creation, we are executing our global strategic plan with intention and precision. Today’s announcement is the first in a series of investments and consolidation activities that will increase efficiency and productivity, improving our ability to meet the evolving needs of our customers and consumers,” says Lino A. Saputo, chair of the board, president, and chief executive officer. “Our five strategic pillars are expected to fuel strong organic growth, and this step in our journey lays the groundwork to improve our product portfolio, modernize our processes, enhance capacities, and enable us to pursue initiatives to deliver against our growth objectives.”