Russell Stover will close its Cookeville distribution and fulfillment center later this year.
The company announced Tuesday that it would cut some 400 jobs across the U.S. and close several facilities and stores.
“Having been in business since 1923, we know the importance of keeping pace with the changing tastesand preferences of the people who buy our chocolates,” said Russell Stover CEO Andy Deister. “Just as consumers change their preferred flavor or package, they’re changing the way they shop for our products, and we’re making sure we have the infrastructure to deliver on their expectations.”
Following a strong fiscal year 2019, Russell Stover plans to expand facilities in Corsicana, TX, and Abilene and Iola, KS, aiming to add approximately 300 jobs in total in these three locations. This will occur in conjunction with the closing of the Montrose, CO location in the spring of 2021. Russell Stover will also be closing select low-traffic stores over the course of the next year.
The consolidation process with the Lindt & Sprüngli North American (LSNA) logistics operation, which began in 2018, will continue as scheduled. This will result in the closure of the Cookeville and Butler, MO, distribution and fulfillment centers later this year, and the transfer of the Cookeville Fulfillment Center to the Russell Stover Plant in Corsicana, TX.
In total, there will be approximately 400 positions affected by these changes across the country, a number which will be substantially offset by planned additions of approximately 300 positions at the expanded facilities in Kansas and Texas.