A large baked goods and snack manufacturer is leaving Fair Lawn after more than 60 years, costing hundreds of jobs and the smell of fresh cookies baked daily
Mondelēz announce that they will be closing their Nabisco plant, known for brands like Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, later this summer.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) says Bergen County will lose 600 jobs as a result, and Gov. Phil Murphy says as many as 1,000 New Jersey employees might be affected.
“These hardworking men and women literally just put their lives on the line during the pandemic, never missing a day so that Mondelēz could meet the skyrocketing demand for their products,” Gottheimer said. “It’s unfortunate that the company didn’t consider the offer we presented to help them stay and rebuild their iconic facility and remain in the community.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli slammed Murphy for failing to keep the company in New Jersey.
Murphy had said in November that he’d spoken to the head of Mondelēz North American and made a pitch for the Fair Lawn factory to remain open.
“Governor Murphy, this is on you,” Ciattarelli said. “Six hundred New Jersey families have lost a paycheck tonight because your incompetence has made this state the very worst in which to do business.”
The three state legislators representing Fair Lawn – State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus), Assemblywoman Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn) and Assemblyman Chris Tully (D-Bergenfield) – accused the company of deceiving the community.
“The decision to leave was clearly made well in advance of talks with members of the community under the pretense of an ongoing discussion,” the legislators said. “Mondelēz’s announcement has turned the lives of so many upside-down and we share the absolute outrage and disgust in this decision.”
Lagana. Swain and Tully blamed the loss of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union hobs on “corporate greed.”
“We condemn the choice to cut ties with a community that so proudly supported and contributed to the success of Mondelēz /Nabisco,” the three Bergen Democrats said.