UPDATE: 21 of the plant's 80 workers were laid off laid off according to spokesperson Bethridge Toovell.
Campbell Soup Company, parent company of Cape Cod Potato Chips, recently sent a message to local and regional government officials concerning some changes coming at the potato chip plant in Independence Park. The company is eliminating one production line, which will affect several plant employment positions. The company has not specified how many jobs will be affected.
We reached out to Campbell Soup's headquarters and received a response from Bethridge Toovell, Associate Director of Communications at Campbell Snacks Norwalk, Connecticut office. The statement is publised below, exactly as submitted.
"Since 1985, our Hyannis facility has made Cape Cod Potato Chips. As our business continues to evolve, we must constantly evaluate our supply chain network to ensure we are making our products in the most efficient and effective manner. As we continue to evaluate our supply chain network and demand for our chips increases nationally, we believe the Hyannis facility could be better optimized by removing older equipment. Therefore, we’ve decided to remove one of our production lines, including 12 of the oldest kettle fryers. While this is the right decision for our business, it was difficult to make because it affects several plant positions.
As a part of our ongoing review of our supply chain network, we’ve re-evaluated the previously proposed $20M capital plan. We’ve decided to invest in several upgrades to ensure we can continue to locally produce the high quality chips expected by consumers, especially our loyal New Englanders. These investments will modernize the facility and improve the overall tour experience, but will be at a reduced investment level.
Cape Cod has become America’s leading kettle chip brand and synonymous with summer on the Cape. We are incredibly proud of the role we play in local tourism and will continue to offer free self-guided tours of our facility so that visitors can see how our legendary kettle chips are made. We remain committed to our employees and the local communities who support our facilities."