Sixty local employees will be affected by a manufacturer’s decision to end one of its product lines.
SunOpta Inc., a Toronto-based organic food company, which has operations in Upper Macungie Township, announced Thursday it planned to sell the equipment for one of the two product lines packaged there.
It is selling its resealable pouch production equipment for $2 million to Skjodt-Barrett, an Ontario-based food packager.
A spokesman for SunOpta said those working on the discontinued line will have a chance to apply for available positions on its remaining aseptic processing line, which makes containers for soy and almond milk and other beverages. They also can apply for positions at other SunOpta production facilities.
While SunOpta is leaving the resealable pouch market, which the spokesman said is mostly used for baby food, it still sees the Lehigh Valley as a key production market.
It plans to keep the existing facility as is. It expanded the building in 2015 to include the aseptic line.
The spokesman said he could not speculate on what the space being vacated by the production line would be used for, but that the company plans to use the space in the future.
Resealable pouch production is expected to continue through October. The equipment sale is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.