COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A Columbus plant with deep roots in the community announced it will be closing it’s doors by spring 2022.
The Campbell’s Snacks plant has been in Columbus 94 years. Many people in Columbus remember it as the Tom’s or the Lance plant. Ownership has changed many times throughout it’s history.
According to a statement released by the company, the plant currently employs 326 individuals in the production of candy, crackers, cookies, nuts, and bars. The closure comes after a careful review of the snacks division’s manufacturing operations.
“Before it was Campbell’s, it was Snyder’s-Lance, said Warren Brown, Jr., a current employee at the plant. “Before it was Lance it was Tom’s You’re looking at a company that’s been here almost a century. That’s one of your cornerstones of Columbus, and to see it no longer being in action, it doesn’t just affect us, it affects the city of Columbus because at night time when you were hungry, you could smell the peanuts baking over there. You could smell it in the air over five miles away. Time brings about a change, sometimes for the positive and sometimes for the negative. It will be greatly missed.”
According to Jerald Williams, CEO and president of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the news of the plant’s closing was unexpected.
“It was unexpected,” said Williams. “We try to do everything we can to conduct outreach to existing employers. We call it health checks, if you will, just to make sure things are going well, and if there are any things or scenarios where the environment’s changed or there are factors that limit their ability to be successful, we want to understand that so we can make connections to resources to support them and their resilience.”
According to the statement released by the company, the plant will be closing in phases and all 326 employees will receive severance packages, career counseling, and transitional support to aid in the finding of new jobs.