Reynolds American to cut 350 consolidation jobs

Reynolds American Inc. will cut 350 full-time positions as it consolidates more production at its Tobaccoville plant, the company announced Thursday.

Reynolds American said the consolidation that begins next month will continue through 2024, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

“We are focused on delivering long-term sustainable growth in a rapidly changing environment,” Guy Meldrum, president and CEO of Reynolds, said in a press release.

The operations of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Inc. in Oxford and the operations of American Snuff Co. LLC at the Taylor Brothers plant in Winston-Salem will be transferred to Tobaccoville. ASC’s traditional oral operations in Memphis, Tennessee will be relocated to Clarksville, Tennessee, where Reynolds has another smokeless tobacco production facility.

Reynolds declined to say how many of the 350 jobs cut are local jobs, but said more than half of employees at closed facilities will have the option to transfer sites.

“While these changes are necessary to support the future of our business, they will be extremely challenging for our employees at manufacturing sites that are closing, and today we are focused on supporting them through this transition,” Meldrum said. The company offers displaced employees a comprehensive package of severance and continuation medical benefits as well as outplacement support.

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