FRESNO -- The closure of Del Monte Foods' peach processing and canning plant in Kingsburg is triggering additional fallout with the shuttering of a plant that makes cans for its products.
Silgan Containers, part of Connecticut-based Silgan Holdings, expects to lay off more than 50 workers next month in the wake of the wind-down at the adjacent Del Monte cannery in Kingsburg.
A notice filed by Silgan with the state Employment Development Department indicates that the Oct. 22 closure will idle 53 employees, including forklift operators, machine operators, mechanics, laborers and others.
Del Monte announced in May that it would be closing its Kingsburg plant after about 90 years in operation.
The closures mean a loss of about 70 full-time jobs and about 1,100 seasonal positions as some of the production is shifted to a more modern Del Monte plant in Modesto.
Neither representatives for Silgan Holdings nor Teamsters Union Local 948, which represents the can-making workers in Kingsburg, could be reached for comment.
Jolene Polyack, economic development coordinator for the city of Kingsburg, said she didn't know whether Silgan's plans call for allowing employees to transfer to other plants, including three in Modesto and one in Riverbank.