Ocean Spray to close Burlington County plant

    Bordentown, N.J. will lose 250 jobs in 2013 when its Ocean Spray plant packs up and moves to Pennsylvania. The decision came last week after many discussion with state and local officials as Burlington County fought to keep the plant in town.

    The company plans to relocate as many of its employees as possible, the Burlington County Times reports. Management has been instructed “to offer the most generous incentive, relocation and transition packages in our cooperative’s history to ensure our employees are rewarded for their engagement and performance.”

    The Bordentown location is the oldest and highest-cost plant of the company’s seven. The new $120 million plant will likely be in Lehigh County where transportation and supply chain partners are more accessible.

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