Bread manufacturing plant closing in Mount Airy

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A bread company is closing its manufacturing plant in Mount Airy.

The Harvest Times Bread Co. announced Thursday that it will close its manufacturing at Piedmont Triad West Industrial Park, eliminating 57 jobs.

According to a statement obtained by the Mount Airy News, company officials said their decision came as a result of declining sales.  The company sells bread, rolls and buns to all types of food service providers.

The 57 workers losing their jobs will receive a 90-day severance package and compensation for their unused vacation time, Todd Tucker, president of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership told the paper.

Tucker said regional leaders have been in contact with several companies that have expressed “some interest” in the 71,000-square-foot facility, but there is no guarantee that it will be reopened.  The building is still relatively new and in good shape, he said.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as the company recently invested $4.5 million to upgrade the facility and expand production.