FAIR LAWN, NJ - While he has expressed his concern for the 600 workers who will no longer have jobs at the end of the summer when Mondelez closes on Route 208, Mayor Kurt Peluso said he has been getting plenty of interest in the industrial plant that bakes Oreos, among other snacks.
Announcing a zero percent increase in local municipal taxes for the fourth year in a row, Peluso said on Feb. 23 that Mondelez is still on the hook for its annual tax bill, which is unconfirmed at approximately $1 million annually. He then told taxpayers not to fear, there is "still lots of interest" in the plant from other businesses.
Aside from helping the workers get jobs from other area industry, Peluso said he hopes the plant, however it will be used going forward, will not get the chance to be vacant.
Politicians from the federal to the state to the local level implored Mondelez to stay, complete with various offers, but in the end, they made the decision to close.
During an interview in November conducted by TAPinto, company authorities said it was strictly a location issue and nothing else. The plant has been in its current location on Route 208 for 60 years and is one of six plants in the U.S. that produces their signature snacks. Those plants in the U.S. include one in Portland, Oregon; two in the midwest--Chicago and Naperville, IL; and three on the east coast, including Atlanta, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; and Fair Lawn.The company beat revenue estimates in the last quarter indicating individuals who stayed home during the pandemic were purchasing Mondelez snacks.
Mondelez corporate did not respond to a request for an interview on the most recent decision to depart Fair Lawn.
Peluso has said on social media he cannot see himself being able to eat another Oreo, and for many in the area, the package is indeed empty.