By Ashley M. Wislock
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SUNBURY - About 30 employees lost their jobs last week at the Bimbo Bakeries plant in Sunbury, said Christopher Manlove, a spokesman for the state's Department of Labor and Industry, which held a Rapid Response Community Resource Meeting Thursday .
Rapid Response Community Resource Meetings are held after the state's Department of Labor and Industry is made aware of what it terms a "dislocation event," such as layoffs or business closures, Manlove said.
"We can share information that affected employees will find useful during their transition from employment to unemployment," he said.
About 14 people attended the meeting last week, Manlove said.
A spokesman for Bimbo Bakeries did not have further information about the layoffs Tuesday afternoon.
Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest bread maker, bought the former Butter-Krust bakery in 2011 as part of its $959 million acquisition of Butter-Krust parent company Sara Lee's bakery business.
At the time of the sale, the bakery had about 200 employees.
Bimbo also makes Entenmann's cakes, Thomas' English Muffins and Mrs. Baird's breads, among other products. Butter-Krust produces white bread and buns and Italian bread.
The Sunbury factory was one of 75 bakery plants that were included in the sale.
Butter Krust was founded by B. Frank Bastian, who opened a bakery on Court Street. In 1920, Bastian joined with Benjamin Apple to form the Butter Krust company. Beginning with only two employees, the bakery grew with more employees and expanded distribution from the Susquehanna Valley to neighboring states.
Bimbo Bakeries USA is headquartered in Horsham and operates over 70 bakeries and 13,000 sales routes, according to the company's website.
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