The company has announced that its Tamuning production plant will close at the end of January.
Marketing Executive Sharleen Marchesseault was not available for an on camera interview today but during a phone call with K57’s Ray Gibson this morning she said the Foremost brand would continue to distribute products locally. Manufacturing however has been shifted to partners in Asia, Marchesseault said on the Breakfast Show this morning.
Bottled water, milk, orange juice, ice cream and other products have been produced locally at the Tamuning plant.
A December 6th posting on the Foremost website said the Tamuning plant would close at the end of this month but Marchesseault says select product will continue to be manufactured in Tamuning until the end of the January.
Marchesseault would not say how many employees are affected by the change but she said the foremost management is working to them other positions within in the company.
“The employees we’ve been working with them,” Marchesseault told Gibson. “We have worked with offering the employees positions as part of our distribution center, the Barrigada Hieghts location is our distribution center, and we are working with them… to offer them positions here and thats kind of a process that’s ongoing.”
According to the company’s website Foremost has been serving the island since it began providing dairy products locally in 1950. Since then the company has expanded to offer more than 90 products.
READ the December 6th release posted on the Forenmost website below:
Foremost Consolidates Operations
December 6, 2013 (Barrigada, Guam) – Foremost Foods, Inc. announced today that it will no longer manufacture products at its plant in Tamuning, Guam by the end of this month. Foremost will shift production of certain products to partner facilities in the U.S. mainland and Asia and shipped to distribution centers in Guam, the CNMI and Micronesia. Some products and employees will be affected as a result of the closure.
“Due to increasing costs of manufacturing and other external factors beyond our control, Foremost Foods will shift its focus onto our core competencies of distribution and brand management. We will continue to provide quality Foremost products through our prequalified off-island partners,” said Marcos Fong, Foremost CEO. “The Foremost brand and products our island enjoys are not going anywhere and we will continue to bring our customers food and beverage options that satisfy the tastes of our unique island communities. To do so, we are repositioning our company to sustain the Foremost brand and our employees.”