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Reynolds to shut down Whitaker Park plant for good by mid-2011 

Jump to full article: Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2010-05-28
Author: Richard Craver * Journal Reporter

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Whitaker Park, once the muscle of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s manufacturing might, is being shut down for good by mid-2011. the company said today.

The plant is closing, along with a plant in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, and the production is being shifted to Reynolds' plant in Tobaccoville.

The company said that no local jobs are expected to be affected immediately by the restructuring, with the production and employees being shifted to Tobaccoville beginning this summer. The company is eliminating 60 jobs in Puerto Rico. The company has 540 production and 40 salaried workers at Whitaker, spokeswoman Jan Smith said.

American Snuff Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., is expanding its smokeless tobacco processing and manufacturing capacity by investing in facilities in Memphis and Clarksville, Tenn.

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