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Mrs Baird's never received any economic incentives from the DCOA, Burdine said.
percent of employees would likely be interested in relocating.
for workers at both the company's pie plant at 1701 N. Treadaway Blvd. and the main 90,000 square foot facility near the intersection of South 26th Street and South Treadaway Boulevard, where bread has been made since 1949.
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"We asked if there was any options, and no options were made available to us," Thorn said.
Randy Thorn, an assistant business agent with Teamsters Local 745, said the closure announcement came without a chance for his union to negotiate.
Ultimately, Abilene also couldn't keep up with other Mrs Omega Seamaster 007 Skyfall Baird's plants, said Dick Bay, vice president of operations for Texas.
Much has changed over the years, including ownership of the Mrs Baird's brand. In 1998, Mexico City based Grupo Bimbo purchased Mrs Baird's Bakeries, founded in 1908 in Forth Worth by Ninnie Baird.
Bay said the company also wants to focus more on servicing markets in the major metro markets near Dallas Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, and he downplayed the idea of the move as a cost cutting measure.
Earlier in the day, Bay broke the news to employees assembled in a conference room at the MCM Elegante Suites hotel.
In 2008, the DCOA agreed to fund $250,000 of a $2.5 million capital improvement project that involved dock expansion and improving efficiency for the main Mrs Baird's plant, but the company later informed the DCOA it was postponing the project.
Burdine stated that "the situation with the plant here and that of the plant in Lubbock are very different," citing differences in age and efficiency in the two plants.
Rumors of a closure swirled even before November layoffs that affected 33 workers.
"We were not involved at all with the decision making process to make this plant more maybe more profitable or for production levels to go up," Thorn said. "They just haven't sunk the money into this one as at other plants."
He said the lack of length in the building made it a poor fit for the most modern production machinery, which generally requires at least 300 feet in a "straight shot" of linear space.
"There was nothing they did or did not do in Abilene that caused this," Bay stressed.
In June, the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance approved up to $54,500 in incentives after the company announced a new $800,000 manufacturing line and plans to add 16 employees, according to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.
Speaking to reporters at the main Mrs Baird's plant, Bay explained there was "an inability to update this facility to have it run as efficiently as we would like."
Most of Mrs Baird's employees are not in a union, but Thorn said his union represents about 35 drivers and shipping Omega Watch With Leather Strap
"It's kind of heartbreaking," said maintenance mechanic Franklin Robison, who recalled the exact date he began working at the plant: Dec. 6, 1979.
Employees will be given the opportunity to apply for any openings at other production plants, although Bay acknowledged that, based on previous closures, less than 20 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Mens Watch
Mrs Baird's Bakeries announced Wednesday the closure of its two Abilene facilities, laying off 127 workers and shutting down 61 years of local history.
"It was a relief because of all the rumors," said Vanoy Stevenson, a shipping department employee. "It was a relief to know, more or less, exact dates."
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Severance and benefits packages will be offered, he said, although the company did not release any details.
Upon exiting the meeting, employees spoke without rancor about Mrs Baird's, almost all of them explaining that the move came as no surprise.
The company's Waco production plant closed baking operations in 2009, with company officials citing an inability to add new equipment in the cramped location.
Richard Burdine, chief executive officer for the Development Corporation of Abilene, said in an e mail message he was "disappointed" by the announcement. The DCOA administers the city's half cent sales tax to create and retain jobs.
The company says Mrs Baird's customers will not notice any changes. Mrs Baird's retail stores, including the one attached to the soon to be closed bread factory, will remain open.
Bay said the company did not ask for any incentive money from the DCOA after the initial request and said incentives offered elsewhere had no influence on the company's decision to close the Abilene plants.
No decision has yet been made about what to do with the two buildings or the portraits, old photographs and other mementos inside.
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