FREDONIA, NY - Hundreds of people at two plants in the Southern Tier were told Wednesday that they would soon be out of a job. The factories are both owned by the food company: ConAgra.
425 jobs will be cut at Carriage House plants in Fredonia and Dunkirk. This includes management and union employees -- many of whom have worked here most of their lives. The layoffs will happen in phases, beginning in September and ending in February 2015. Eventually ConAgra wants to sell their facilities.
"I will be looking into moving out of here, I lived here my whole life, so this affects me because I've known everybody, it's going to be a life changer," said Andrew Diaz, a fork lift driver with the company, who's worked in Fredonia for three years.
Carriage House makes products that are sold in grocery stores -- from jellies and jam to peanut butter and bottled juices. But, demand has been decreasing.