Fair Lawn Nabisco Closing


Michael Jannicelli, Staff Writer

Living in Hawthorne you know when you smell cookies in the air, that it is most likely coming from Nabisco.  You won’t be smelling that much longer, the factory will close in late summer 2021. Local officials wanted the factory to stay. Nabisco talked about shutting down the factory earlier but did not finalize it till February 2021. Fair Lawn Mayor Kurt Peluso said, “It’s really sad news. Nabisco has been a big part of Fair Lawn”. Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco said that a factory in Atlanta will also close, “Both Fair Lawn and Atlanta are no longer strategic assets from a geographic footprint perspective and both face significant operational challenges, including aging infrastructure and outdated production capabilities, which would have required significant investment to bring them to the modernized state required for the future.” The Fair Lawn plant was in talks of closing years ago, but a factory in Philadelphia was closed instead of Fair Lawn. 600 workers will lose their jobs. The company said they would work with the unions and employees through the closing. Mayor Peluso said the borough wants to keep the property as commercial and not make it housing. He was approached with possibilities of the site turning into a Studio to produce TV and Films or a Distribution Center.