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ConAgra closing doors at Iowa popcorn plant

By Staff | Aug 19, 2011

DES MOINES (AP) – ConAgra Foods Inc. is closing its microwave popcorn plant in Hamburg and cutting 95 jobs, a move the company said is needed to improve efficiency.

The company, based in Omaha, Neb., said it will close the plant in October and move the operations to its other popcorn facilities inMarion, Ohio, and Rensselaer, Ind.

The Hamburg plant makes Orville Redenbacher’s and ACT II microwave popcorn. The company announced the closing on Wednesday.

Spokesman Chris Whitehair said the company wishes the decision wasn’t necessary, especially with the “challenges” Hamburg has faced with flooding along the Missouri River. But, he says, closing the plant was the most economically viable option.

ConAgra’s separate bulk popcorn plant will remain in Hamburg. It has about 45 employees.

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