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Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Closing of the Mondelez Plant in Northeast Philadelphia

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Feb. 6, 2014

Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Closing of the Mondelez Plant in Northeast Philadelphia

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement in response to Mondelez International’s decision to close their plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Company officials made clear that their decision was based on a desire to consolidate their operations. Mondelez International is a global manufacturer of snack foods.

“On behalf of the hardworking employees at Mondelez, we are disappointed that the company has decided to close its plant in Northeast Philadelphia,” Corbett said. “Our job now is to immediately help those displaced workers become reemployed.”

In 2013, Governor Corbett directed the Governor’s Action Team (GAT) to meet with Mondelez officials. GAT met with the company; however, Mondelez chose not to explore any of the available programs that potentially could have prevented closure of the Northeast Philadelphia plant.

“Upon learning of Mondelez’s decision to close the plant, I directed the Commonwealth Secretary of Labor and Industry Julia Hearthway to take action,” Corbett said. “Our Labor & Industry Rapid Response workforce teams are poised to help the workers at the plant seek re-employment. My administration will work diligently to identify opportunities for these skilled, loyal workers.”

The Department of Labor & Industry’s Rapid Response unit provides workers who are facing a layoff with information on retraining, continuing education, job-seeking, health insurance and unemployment benefits to help them transition to re-employment.

“Thanks to its ideal location and our commonwealth’s talented workforce, the Philadelphia region is a strong beacon of economic activity. I have directed Commonwealth Secretary of Department of Community and Economic Development C. Alan Walker to work with our local partners to develop a plan of action to market the facility for new investment and job growth. “

Media contact:   

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132

Sara Goulet, L&I; 717-787-5279

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