The Youngstown-based Schwebel Baking Co. has notified the state that it will permanently close its Solon bakery, which employs 204 people.
In a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice filed Monday with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the company said it anticipates layoffs will start taking effect May 16.
Many of the laborers at the plant are represented by Teamsters Locals 507 and 52 and Bakers Union Local 19.
Angee Shaker, Solon's business development director, said Schwebel told the city that workers facing layoffs could be considered for roles elsewhere in the company.
“Employees will be given the opportunity to apply for jobs that are open in its other manufacturing and distribution facilitates," she told The Plain Dealer on Monday. "There will be some outplacement that will be made available to employees to help aid them in their job search.“
Schwebel, a family-owned company founded in 1906, closed a Cuyahoga Falls bakery in early 2015 and moved those operations to the Solon plant at 6250 Camp Industrial Road. The company has continued to consolidate since then. Two years ago, Schwebel closed its bakery thrift store on South Arlington Street in Akron. In January, two more outlet stores were closed in Austintown and Warren, the Youngstown Vindicator reported.