Bimbo Bakeries to close South Sioux City plant, last vestige of Metz Baking
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Bimbo Bakeries to close South Sioux City plant, last vestige of Metz Baking

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Bimbo Bakeries' South Sioux City, Nebraska, facility is shown Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019. The plant, 3723 Dakota Ave, is owned by Grupo Bimbo and is scheduled to close in October as production is shifted to other facilities.

SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- Bimbo Bakeries will shutter its South Sioux City plant in October, eliminating 81 jobs and severing the last link to a baking company with a 127-year-old history in the metro area.

Bimbo Bakeries, part of Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo, said it will shift production at its 3723 Dakota Ave. in South Sioux City to other plants.

In 2014, Bimbo closed its Sioux City bakery at 1500 Highway 75 North, cutting 64 positions.

The two bakeries have a rich history in Sioux City. They were originally operated by Sioux City-based Metz Baking under the Old Home brand name. The family business was started in 1892 by Henry Metz Sr. 

Metz merged in 1988 with Heileman Baking of La Crosse, Wis., doubling the company's size. In 1993, Specialty Foods acquired Metz and seven other food companies for a total of about $1.1 billion.

Earthgrains acquired Metz in 2000, and a year later Earthgrains was acquired by Sara Lee Corp. Grupo Bimbo acquired Sara Lee's bread-making business in a $959 million deal in 2010.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is the largest bakery company in the United States, with more than 50 bakeries and nearly 20,000 employees. The U.S. division, headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, owns many fresh bread and sweet baked goods brands, including Entenmann's, Sara Lee, and Thomas'.

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