This has not been the best week for the Progresso Soup plant in Vineland...

Last week, General Mills announced that the Vineland plant would close sometime in 2018, putting close to 400 people out of work.

Today, according to, the plant once again shut the doors for the excessive weather we've been experiencing in South Jersey recently.


"Our first priority is the health and well-being of our team members," said Kelsey Roemhildt, spokeswoman for General Mills. "Specific decision criteria related to severe weather is based on numerous factors, including the raw temperature, heat (or wind-chill) index, and the quantity of heat generating equipment being utilized at the time of the weather event. Those factors are evaluated by local leadership before a decision is made."

Evidently, there is a large amount of heat generated by the equipment used to make and process soup, so the plant needed to close for the safety of everyone involved.

The workers were sent home yesterday (after a long weekend following the announcement of the plant closure details last week...) and the plant will be closed for the remainder of the week.  That decision allows workers to collect unemployment benefits for the week.


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