Jan 14, 2020 8:03 PM

Russell Stover to cut jobs in some areas, add jobs in Abilene

Posted Jan 14, 2020 8:03 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Russell Stover Chocolates plans to close some facilities and stores nationwide but the expected loss of about 400 jobs will be offset by new jobs resulting from expansion in other areas, the company announced Tuesday.

The company will close distribution and fulfillment centers in Butler, Missouri, and Cookeville, Tennessee, with work from the Tennessee plant moving to a plant in Corsicana, Texas.

The candy maker plans to add a total of 300 jobs at plants in Corsicana, as well as in Iola and Abilene, Kansas.

A plant in Montrose, Colorado, will be closed in 2021, which will increase the workload at the two Kansas plants, according to a company statement. Russell Stover also plans to close some low-traffic stores during the next year but it did not specify where those stores were located.

The changes are part of a consolidation effort begun in 2018, four years after the Kansas City-based company was purchased by Lindt & Sprungli of Switzerland.

Russell Stover had a “strong” fiscal year in 2019 but must adapt to changing tastes and preferences, CEO Andy Deister said.

“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,” Deister said.

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2020 Community Fair will be Feb. 1

Manhattan Area Non-Profit/Educational Organizations are invited to participate in the 2020 Community Fair to be held Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10 am to 3 pm at Manhattan Town Center.  The Community Fair is an opportunity for local non-profit and educational organizations to highlight volunteer and membership opportunities while generating awareness and interest. 

Organizations are encouraged to set up an educational display that provides such information to the general public.  Also, this is the one time a year that Manhattan Town Center allows non-profit and educational organizations to fundraise in the center.  However, we ask that you refrain from bake sales or any similar fundraisers involved with food.

You may register for the Community Fair free of charge and exhibit free of charge.  We can provide tables with covers for a rental fee of $10.00 each.  Chairs are available for $5.00 each.  Please make checks payable to Manhattan Town Center. All table/chair reservations must be paid in advance unless other arrangements are made.  You may bring your own table if you wish; however, you must use a table cover.  If you do not have one, we can provide one at no charge. Just let us know ahead of time.

Participants are asked to bring door prizes, but instead hold a drawing at your booth. Please hang on to the door prizes. If you tell us in the description what you are bringing, it will be promoted.

Participants should  fill out a registration form and return it with your cash, check or money order for table/chair rental to Manhattan Town Center by Monday, January 20, 2020.  Please provide a complete description of your booth activities and purpose. .  All registration forms will be processed on a first come first serve basis.  Once capacity has been reached any subsequent registration forms on a wait list.

A confirmation letter, map and a list of rules and regulations will be provided to all registered participants prior to the event.  Please note, if you have not received a confirmation letter by January 27, your organization does not have a reserved space.   

If you have any questions, or to obtain a registration form contact (785) 539-4441.  We look forward to your participation in the 2020 Community Fair at Manhattan Town Center!

Jeff Sutton | Marketing ManagerManhattan Town CenterCBRE