Employees were told of the closure during a 6 a.m. meeting Thursday at the plant.
“We employ about 700 people at the Sacramento plant and unfortunately those jobs will be eliminated,” said Campbell Soup Company spokesperson Anthony Sanzio. “This is a tough day for the company, for the employees. No one likes to do this.”
The company says the Sacramento plant, built in 1947, is the oldest in its network and has the highest production costs on a per-case basis.
Many of the employees at the plant have worked there their entire lives, and several told CBS13 they had no idea what they’d do next.
“This is devastating, really devastating,” worker Valerie Starr said. “A lot of us have been working here for years and we’re at that age where it’s hard to find other jobs.”