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      Hillshire Brands to close Florence plant, 1,100 workers losing jobs

      Hillshire Brands will close its Florence plant in December, leaving 1,100 workers without a job.

      Hillshire Brands Company officials say they plan to close the company's Florence plant, which employees about 1,100 people.{} The company said in a statement that the plant is set to close on December 30.{} The Florence plant includes cooking operations for breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sausages.{}

      Tom Hayes, chief supply chain officer, said closing the Florence plant was a "very difficult" decision. However, he said the company determined that it won't meet efficiency or long-term profit expectations.{} Company officials said in the statement that the firm will provide severance and outplacement assistance to employees consistent with its company policies.