MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — General Mills, Inc., is to close its bakery mix plant and sell its adjoining flour mill in Hillsdale, Michigan, U.S. The mix plant is expected to be closed by the end of 2002.

The facility was acquired by General Mills as part of its November 2001 acquisition of The Pillsbury Co. According to General Mills, it is closing the mix plant because of excess capacity.

"With the combination of Pillsbury and General Mills, there was excess production capacity within the system," said Randal Baker, vice president, operations, General Mills Bakeries and Foodservice. "The production capacity for the dry mix product lines will be absorbed within other facilities throughout the General Mills supply chain, while the flour mill business will be sold."

More than 100 employees will be affected by the closing.