FAIR LAWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – It’s the end of an era for a Bergen County manufacturing unit.
The outdated Nabisco plant in Fair Lawn will shut down after greater than 60 years of operation.
“We’ve tried and we’ve performed the very best we might, but it surely’s over,” stated worker Lorena Mahan.
As CBS2’s Nick Caloway stories, Friday was the final day on the job for Mahan and tons of of different workers of the outdated Nabisco plant. Mahan is a technician on the plant. She’s been coming to work loyally for almost three a long time.
“I had a pleasant run although. For probably the most half, 29 years, I had a pleasant run,” she stated.
The Nabisco identify has been baked into the Honest Garden neighborhood since 1958, pumping out truckloads Oreos and delivery them everywhere in the nation. Within the course of, filling the encompassing neighborhoods with the candy scent of fresh-baked cookies.
“You’ll stroll out at night time and swiftly you’d odor the cookies. And it’s simply one other factor that’s altering concerning the city,” stated resident Hilary Hess.
“It’s a landmark within the city and it’s been right here I feel near 60 years. Springtime was at all times very particular once you rise up within the morning and odor the cookies within the air. You knew that it was time that summer season was coming round. It’s only a historic landmark,” stated resident Julie Luciano.
It’s extra than simply the odor. Youngsters rising up there would go on class journeys to tour the plant.
“It’s a giant a part of our neighborhood, so there’s quite a lot of disappointment right here to see it go,” Honest Garden Mayor Kurt Peluso.
Earlier this 12 months, Nabisco’s father or mother firm, Mondelez Worldwide, announced it would close the facility, consolidating its East Coast operations to a hub in Virginia, placing many of the 600 workers out of labor.
State and native leaders tried convincing the corporate to rethink, but it surely was too late.
“As soon as we came upon they had been leaving, we determined to assist the staff discover new careers. So we’ve got about 18 native corporations which might be providing jobs to quite a lot of these 600 workers who’re being laid off,” Peluso stated.
As they clocked in a single ultimate shift, the fact set in. Many employees thought they’d retire there. Mahan was one in all them.
“It’s disappointing, so far as leaving my job that I’ve dedicated and devoted myself to. However sadly, there’s nothing I can do about it,” she stated.
Mahan informed Caloway that even after 29 years on the job, it appears like she’s going to have to start out another time.
As for what occurs to the outdated plant, there was quite a lot of industrial curiosity within the property, Caloway reported. So it doesn’t sound like it is going to be empty for lengthy.
Nick Caloway contributed to this report.