Bob Evans to close Ohio plants

Bob Evans announced that it would close food production plants in Springfield and Bidwell, Ohio, in summer 2013 and focus on boosting production at its Texas facility as it focuses on convenience foods, packaged side dishes and other higher-growth opportunities.

The move will affect about 110 employees. The company said that it will try to place some of them in other jobs with Bob Evans. Others will be offered comprehensive packages with severance pay and benefits.

It’s also investing more than $23 million for additional lines and boost production of ready-to-eat foods at their plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Chairman and CEO Steve Davis says Bob Evans remains committed to investing and growing in its home state.

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