Buffalo-based Rich Products Corp. will close a manufacturing plant in Rochester, eliminating 92 jobs.
The facility, which makes pizza crusts and flatbreads, is set to close Oct. 10, said Dwight M. Gram, a company spokesman.
The Rochester plant was one of four that Rich added when it acquired Goglanian Bakeries last December. Another of the four plants – a larger facility in Illinois – was still under construction at the time of the deal. The Illinois plant, outside Chicago, was recently completed and became operational. The bulk of the Rochester plant’s work will be moved to that site.
“With that now in place, we had excess capacity,” Gram said.
The Illinois facility is state-of-the-art, has ample space and is centrally located, Gram said.
Rich will work with the Rochester employees to identify other jobs available across the company, as well as to provide job-placement help in the Rochester area, Gram said.
A smaller amount of the work from the Rochester plant will be shifted to the two other Goglanian plants that were acquired in the deal. They are in Fountain Inn, S.C., and Santa Ana, Calif.
When it acquired the family-owned Goglanian last year, Rich said the deal would “significantly expand” Rich’s existing pizza business. A Rich executive at the time described the pizza category as one of the company’s “highest growth priorities” for its U.S.-Canada region.
Rich leases the Rochester plant that is being shut down.