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ALL AMERICAN GOURMET PLANT TO CLOSE IN PITTSBURGH

 ALL AMERICAN GOURMET PLANT TO CLOSE IN PITTSBURGH
 PITTSBURGH, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The All American Gourmet Company (AAGC) announced today that it plans to close its Pittsburgh plant on Aug. 28, 1992.
 The company cited excess production capacity as the reason for the closing.
 The 296 employees at the 65,000-square-foot facility in Robinson Township, Pa., were informed of the closing today.
 "We've exhausted all our options. As hard as this is for all of us, the fact is clear that all of our facilities are underutilized. We had to close a plant to eliminate excess capacity system-wide. Our Pittsburgh plant is the least flexible facility since it is unable to accept significant production from any of the other plants," commented Jeff Ising, vice president of operations for AAGC. "Therefore, this was the one we had to close. Our job now is to focus all our energy on helping each of our Pittsburgh employees through this transition period and to help them find new employment."
 In addition to severance pay and health and medical benefits to be provided to salaried employees, the company is offering job counseling, outplacement services to cross-match employee skills to area employer needs, an on-site job center, and employee workshops to improve job search skills. AAGC management is already in the process of setting a meeting with union officials to discuss arranging similar assistance for hourly workers.
 The Pittsburgh facility produces a variety of frozen entree and lunch products under The Budget Gourmet and Kraft brand names. AAGC is a business unit of Kraft General Foods Frozen Products Group. Kraft General Foods is the multinational food business of Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MO).
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 /CONTACT: Linda Eatherton of All American Gourmet Company, 412-788-4757, or after June 26, 708-646-2103/
 (MO) CO: All American Gourmet Company; Kraft General Foods; Philip Morris
 Companies, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: FOD SU:


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