Bob Evans Farms will be closing its Galva, Ill., sausage production plant and will shift production to other existing plants. Officials with the Columbus, Ohio-based company cite “excess capacity and diminishing supply in the live-sow market,” as the reasons.

“Our business model needs to adapt to these tough market conditions,” says Mike Townsely, Bob Evans food products president.

The dwindling U.S. sow herd has raised concerns from sausage makers about long-term product supplies and the economics of sausage production.

The Galva plant was built in 1972 and was one of five fresh sausage production facilities for Bob Evans Farms. Production from the plant will be shifted to Bob Evans’ facilities in Xenia and Bidwell, Ohio, Hillsdale, Mich. and Richardson, Texas, company officials point out.

The Galva plant employed about 70 workers, some of whom will have the chance to transfer to other jobs within the company.

Source: Bob Evans