the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Fair Lawn NJ, today will mark the end of an era in Fair Lawn, when Mondelēz will shut down production at the Nabisco factory for good, ending the bakery’s more than six decades in town. The closure has been underway for months, yet many in the area still feel a sense of shock.
Many drivers and residents have for years enjoyed the sweet aroma of baking cookies that drifted from the factory on Route 208, knowing that Oreos, Ritz crackers, and other beloved snacks were coming out of a massive oven the length of a football field and rolling down the assembly line. Often those treats were being made by a neighbor many of the approximately Nabisco 600 workers lived in the Fair Lawn area.
One February 4, 2021 , Mondelēz International announced that it will be closing its Fair Lawn, NJ and Atlanta, GA biscuit bakeries later this year. The decision comes as the company further focuses its U.S. biscuit manufacturing footprint to better meet changing consumer needs and growth opportunities. The company will focus its U.S. biscuit operations on strategically-located owned-and-operated bakeries on the East Coast, Midwest and West Coast of the United States – in Richmond, VA, Chicago/Naperville, IL, and Portland, OR. These owned-and operated sites will be further supported by
U.S.-based external manufacturing, which has been an important part of the Company’s U.S. biscuit manufacturing network for many decades.
The decision followed Mondelēz International’s previous announcement, made last November, that it was considering closing its Fair Lawn and Atlanta bakeries. 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geographic footprint perspective, and both face significant operational challenges, including aging infrastructure and outdated production capabilities,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.