The Manischewitz Co. issued a WARN notice on Thursday for 169 employees at its headquarters in Newark.
“At a challenging time in the retail and grocery business, we have made the difficult decision to close our plant in Newark,” a spokesperson for the company said. “Beginning this fall, our products will be made at more modern New Jersey facilities.
“We are doing everything possible within our financial ability to help affected employees find new jobs. We will continue to bring high quality, innovative products to consumers as we have for 129 years.”
The spokesperson for the company added that the Manischewitz executive team would remain in place at the company’s current offices in Newark and “will continue to carefully manage and oversee the quality and kosher standards of all of the company’s products.”
Last year, the Manischewitz Co. employed a total of 300 workers, after consolidating and moving its facilities and headquarters to Newark in 2006 while maintaining a separate distribution center in Mount Olive.
CEO David Sugarman, who joined the manufacturer of more than a dozen leading kosher brands in America in 2015, helped the company achieve double-digit top and bottom line growth in 2016 by focusing its efforts on product expansions, the use of ingredients better suited for a wide array of dietary needs, and increased social media.
The company, which last year marketed in nearly a dozen countries, had been planning to expand to six additional markets this year.
Layoffs will take effect in September due to termination of operations.