SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It was the final chapter for many workers, saying a final goodbye at the Campbell’s plant in Sacramento as production ends Friday at the iconic soup factory.

It was announced last September that the plant — open since 1947 — would be closing down.

Production will end at 6 p.m., leaving hundreds of people looking for new jobs.

Some workers posed for pictures outside the plant, hugging and saying goodbye to each other. Many of the employees have worked together for years, and have developed bonds like a family.

“Sad, you know these people are like family, but what can you do,” said Frankie Elias, who has worked at the plant for 35 years.

“Actually, I had a good 14 years,” said Valerie Starr.

Workers will pick up their final paycheck Saturday.

The shipping department will stay open until July when the plant shuts down completely.

Production will shift to the company’s other plants in North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.


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