Pet food maker to close Pennsauken facility; 176 jobs in danger (UPDATED)

Simmons Pet Food, a unit of Arkansas-based Simmons Foods, is closing a facility in Pennsauken, potentially costing 176 workers their jobs, according to a federal WARN notice.

“This action is due to aging infrastructure and a need to optimize the company’s operations,” the notice said.

Workers will be able to apply for jobs at other Simmons facilities in Pennsylvania, Delaware and elsewhere, the notice said.

Simmons had announced the closure in November, part of an optimization of its wet pet food production capacity, it said. The cost of upgrading the facility would have been prohibitive, the company said, so production will be shifted to a new line in Kansas.

WARN notices normally cover mass layoffs or facility closings as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1989.