COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Hundreds of Kellogg's employees got a call over the weekend saying there was a meeting scheduled Monday morning, and that's when employees say they knew it was bad news.
Kellogg's employees were informed Monday morning that the plant will start "winding down" in the spring of 2015 and officially close at the end of the year.
Employees were told that they are welcome to apply for jobs at other Kellogg's plants, including locations in Rome and Atlanta.
Employee Eugene Gilmore tells News Leader 9 that the company is consolidating.
"The way they went about it is pretty bad. They did the people wrong," said Gilmore. "A lot of these people been here 30, 40 years."
Mildred Baskin has been an inspector at Kellogg's for 42 years. She says she feels bad for people who will have to find a new job.
"Well I don't feel good, I feel good about myself because I can go at any time. In fact I was planning on retiring this year anyway, but I feel bad about the other people. It's hard enough finding a job, and people here in Columbus know they don't have too many good jobs around here."
Tawanda King used to work at the Dolly Madison factory until it closed down. She then got a job at the Kellogg's plant as a machine operator and has worked there for eight years.
King says she's thankful for the years she's been an employee.
"It was heartbreaking but I know that God will make a way, and I appreciate the time that they did give me to work for the company. I loved it and I have to move forward but be positive, and that's what I will try to do."
Kellogg's Company spokesperson Kris Charles responded to the closing in part quote:
"We are very mindful of the impact these changes will have - particularly to our employees, and we will help those who are impacted through their transitions."
According to Charles, about 325 employees will be affected by the closure.