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Kraft Foods closing Waupaca plant

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Kraft Foods will close its Waupaca manufacturing facility next year and expand production in Wausau.

According to a company statement, the 120 employees were told about the plans Tuesday.

"After careful analysis and review, we identified some opportunities to combine production, gain efficiencies and reduce expenses in our Cheese & Dairy network," says Jim Durkin, Vice President of Operations for Kraft's Cheese & Dairy unit. "Combining Waupaca volume with our Kraft Wausau plant and external manufacturers will significantly lower costs and create more scale across our manufacturing network."

A company spokeswoman tells Newsline 9 that the Wausau plant will be adding 20 jobs, and Waupaca employees will get first priority on the new positions.

Kraft officials say the plan is to sell the property once production has ended in the second quarter of 2013.

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