Bob Evans Closes Downstate Plant

Big hurt on tiny town

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    Gwendolyn Jackson
    Hot dogs and sausage were plentiful in the food alley.

    A few dozen people were missing some Bob Evans with their breakfast Monday morning. And it's much more serious than some missing sausage links.

    Bob Evans Farms Inc. announced yesterday the immediate closure of its food production plant in Galva, Illinois. About 70 employees are now out of work but will be offered severance pay and a chance to transfer to plants in other states, including Michigan, Ohio, and Texas.

    The facility, which produced fresh sausage links and rolls, has been a part of the Galva community for 36 years. Sadly, a company spokesperson said that supply does not currently fit demand.

    "The country right now has the smallest sow herd that we've had in more than 100 years," company spokesperson Margaret Standing told radio station WGIL. "Unfortunately, in the industry right now, we've got production capacity for far more supply than we have. So, unfortunately, it's really an economic situation."

    The closure isn't just a blow to employees either. City leaders are concerned about the loss of revenue, which will make an incredible impact on the tiny town of 3,000.

    Company officials seemed genuinely sorry to leave the community.

    "It was a very difficult decision," Standing said, according to the Peoria Journal Star.

    Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.