MENDOTA, Ill. (AP) — Del Monte Foods will close a corn-packing plant in north central Illinois, idling more than 600 full-time and seasonal employees.

Parent company Del Monte Pacific Ltd. announced Tuesday the closing of the Mendota plant is part of a restructuring. Del Monte also will close a plant in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and sell one in Cambria, Wisconsin. It says production will end at the end of the current pack season.

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Del Monte Pacific CEO Joselito D. Campos Jr. said the “restructuring is a necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace.”

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The La Salle News-Tribune reports the Mendota plant employs about 30 salaried and 100 hourly workers and up to 550 seasonal workers. It says layoffs there will begin in October.

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