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Michael Foods closes SE Minn. egg plant, 40 jobs lost

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Minnetonka-based Michael Foods announced on Thursday plans to close the former Primera Foods egg processing facility in Altura, Minn.

The Winona Daily News reports the closure will put 40 employees out of work.

A subsidiary of Michael Goods, M.G. Waldbaum Co, bought Primera Foods Corp. assets, including a manufacturing plant in Iowa, in a $35.7 billion deal that was finalized in June.

Michael Foods spokesperson Diane Sparish told the newspaper that the company was expanding the facility in Britt, Iowa to integrate the production in Altura. However, Sparish says the employment needs in the expansion have not been determined.

According to Food Business News, Michael Foods will operate in the Altura plant for about six months before the production transfer to Iowa and existing Michael Foods facilities is complete.

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