FACT CHECK: Is Nabisco Moving Two Bakeries To Mexico As A Result Of Joe Biden’s Presidency?
A viral Facebook post shared over 2,700 times claims Nabisco is closing plants in Georgia and New Jersey and moving to Mexico as a result of President Joe Biden being elected.
While Nabisco is closing two plants, it is not moving the jobs to Mexico, according to Nabisco’s parent company. There is no indication the closures are related to Biden’s election.
Mondelēz International, the parent company of Nabisco, announced Feb. 4 that it would be closing two biscuit bakeries in the U.S. – one in Atlanta, Georgia, and one in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Mondelēz International had previously warned in a November 2020 statement that it was considering closing the two Nabisco locations.
Now, a Feb. 7 Facebook post claims those bakeries will be moving to Mexico and that the closures and move are a result of Biden being president. The post reads, “Nabisco closing plants in Georgia and New Jersey moving to Mexico congratulations on electing Biden.”
However, the bakeries are not moving to Mexico, according to a statement from the company. Mondelēz International’s Feb. 4 statement, which did not mention Biden or his administration, said, “The company remains committed to the United States, as well as to robust U.S. biscuit manufacturing. No U.S. jobs will go to Mexico related to these two closures and U.S. biscuit production levels will be maintained.”
The statement further read: “Though details of manufacturing transition plans are still being finalized, production from Atlanta and Fair Lawn will shift to other Mondelēz owned-and-operated bakeries in the U.S. and U.S.-based external manufacturing.” It also said that the Fair Lawn and Atlanta bakeries are “no longer strategic assets from a geographic footprint perspective, and both face significant operational challenges, including aging infrastructure and outdated production capabilities, which would have required significant investment to bring them to the modernized state required for the future.”
When reached for comment, Laurie Guzzinati, the senior director of corporate and government affairs in North America at Mondelēz Global, directed Check Your Fact to statements given to Reuters and USA Today. (RELATED: Is The Cheesecake Factory Closing All Of Its Locations?)
The Nabisco closure in Fair Lawn, which will occur by the end of the summer, will leave up to 600 people jobless, according to The Associated Press. The plant closure in Atlanta will result in about 400 jobs lost, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.