Steuben County is tackling the opioid epidemic. For a relatively rural county, it’s been hit pretty hard. The number of deaths tripled in 2016 and the county says it doesn’t have the resources to fight it.
Workers at the Kraft-Heinz factory in Steuben County can keep their jobs a little longer. Kraft was going to start shutting down on May 26 if they couldn’t find a buyer, but there’s some interest. It’s not publicly known who the interested buyers are, but a spokesman with Kraft, Michael Mullen, said they’re optimistic they’ll reach a deal by the end of the summer. “We are extending the term of employment for 330 of our Campbell employees through August 23,” said Mullen, in a statement. In February, Kraft had announced layoffs for 330 employees.
The town of Campbell in Steuben County, New York has a strategy meeting Monday. Town officials are trying to come up with a plan to save the local Kraft Foods plant, which supplies nearly 400 jobs in the small community. After Kraft merged with H. J. Heinz Company last summer, the combined Kraft Heinz Company has been downsizing. Late last month, it announced plans to close the Campbell plant, along with three others in upstate New York. However, after an effort from state officials, the company reversed course last week.