FAIRFIELD — Jelly Belly will stop making its Jelly Belly brand products at its North Chicago factory and consolidate production at its headquarters in Fairfield.
The Chicago factory will remain open and will produce private label brands and contract confectionery manufacturing, Jelly Belly spokeswoman Tomi Holt said Monday. But the Jelly Belly products will all be made in Fairfield.
“It’s just to improve efficiencies,” Holt said.
The move won’t happen for 60 days. Holt did not know if the consolidation will mean more Fairfield jobs.
“As we go through the process, we’ll know more in a couple of months,” Holt said.
The synergies of consolidating operations and manufacturing will help the company position itself for growth and opportunity, a Jelly Belly press release said. By realigning for long-term business development, the company is targeting growth potential in private label and contract production services, it said.
The North Chicago factory will lose about 66 jobs. Jelly Belly will provide outplacement services to help the workers find new jobs and will help them explore transferring to other company locations, the statement said.
“Eliminating positions is a difficult decision to make,” company president Bob Simpson said in the press release. “This move to private label manufacturing is a forward-thinking step for the best deployment of the Illinois facility and the company overall.”
Jelly Belly, formerly known as the Goelitz Confectionary Co., built its North Chicago manufacturing plant in 1913. That was long before the Jelly Belly itself got invented.
Jelly Belly moved a facility from Oakland to Fairfield in 1986. It opened its local visitors’ center and cafe in 1999.
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