Unilever Closing Alberto Culver Plant In Melrose Park

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Alberto Culver plant in Melrose Park is shutting down, and about 600 workers will lose their jobs or be forced to transfer.

Consumer products maker Unilever PLC, which bought Alberto Culver last year, is planning to close the plant by 2013.

Unilever spokeswoman Anita Larsen told the Chicago Sun-Times the office staff at the plant in Melrose Park will be cut or transferred.

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Workers at the plant say they’ve been told the layoffs and transfers will be phased in and the plant shuttered sometime in 2013. Larsen said the decision to close the plant resulted from “a review of the company’s manufacturing network in order to achieve cost efficiencies.”

Unilever, based in Amsterdam, acquired Alberto Culver Co. for $3.7 billion. The plant turns out Alberto VO5 and TRESemme shampoos. The plant also makes Nexxus shampoos and conditioners, as well as St. Ives lotions and body wash.

  • Border Agent 69

    Hey Obama while you where in China trying to create more jobs for your commie buddies another AMERICAN company sold out and more AMERICANS losing their jobs.

  • Larry Horse's Arse Horse's Arse

    Where does this ever end? When all the workers are in China and all the big-time shareholders are the only ones here with jobs and money? I feel bad for these people losing their jobs, but with the acquisition I’m sure they knew it was coming.

  • Lisa Ladonski

    My brother-in-law has worked there for nearly 30 years, he said he’s been expecting it, but it doesn’t make it any easier. What I don’t get is that the article says that the employees are either losing their jobs or are being forced to transfer; where are they transferring the employees?

  • closeddd

    My mother works there and she has for the past 20 years . Its gonna be rought considering the fact that shes has 3 kids to support

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