Falling sales, accumulating inventory and the loss of a major customer have caused Bartels Packing to close two facilities and lay off 142 workers effective immediately.
Bartels' history can trace back to 19th century where ancestors owned a slaughterhouse. Back in 2016, the company was briefly suspended for inhumane slaughtering practices.
Chief executive Chris Bartels wrote a note to its employees explaining the sudden closure. In the note, he explained that the company wasn't able to secure a qualified buyer. Bartels was unable to give employees an advance warning about their jobs in fear it might jeopardize efforts to find new business opportunities or financing.
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