Saputo closing Fond du Lac cheese plant with 126 jobs

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - A Fond du Lac cheese plant with 126 employees will be closed in seven months.

Saputo, based on Montreal, announced Thursday it's closing the cheese manufacturing facility on East Scott Street next May.

Saputo says it will save more than $5.5 million a year by moving the operations to a newly-built blue cheese factory in Almena in western Wisconsin, about 265 miles away.

Employees will receive severance. Some will be offered a chance to work at other Saputo facilities, the company said.

The company says closing the Fond du Lac plant is part of its continuing efforts to improve efficiency.

Saputo estimates closing the plant will cost the company more than $17 million but it will start seeing savings in its 2019 fiscal year.