By The Chicago Times Staff

July 18, 2021

FAIR LAWN, NJ — Residents of a New Jersey town were able to smell the sweet aroma of freshly baked Oreo cookies for the last time on Friday, as the community’s Nabisco plant closed after 63 years of operation.

It was the last day of production at the Fair Lawn plant, which has produced Oreos, Ritz crackers, Lorna Doone, and Teddy Grahams since 1958, according to parent company Mondelez International.

The plant’s 600 employees have either retired, been transferred, or are looking for new jobs, according to the company.   When the company announced in February that it would close two plants in New Jersey and one in Atlanta, production began to slow.

Local and state officials were disappointed by the plant’s closure in New Jersey.  Kurt Peluso, the mayor of Fair Lawn, described it as “disgusting.”  Potential buyers’ bids for the plant were being evaluated by the company.  The factory’s total assessed value is $29.3 million, according to records.