Michael Foods is closing an egg processing plant in the southeastern Minnesota town of Altura and moving production to another plant in Britt, Iowa. Both egg plants are new to the company's operations, as Michael Foods' subsidiary M.G. Waldbaum acquired the two egg plants in the June purchase of Primera Foods.

"As we closed the sale and started to review the entire business with our team, the team determined expanding the plant in Britt and integrating the Altura production into our facilities was the best approach," Diane Sparish, Michael Foods vice president for communications, told the Winona Daily News.

About 40 employees at the Altura plant will be entitled to severance pay and retention incentives, and employees in Altura have been encouraged to apply for open positions within Michael Foods. The amount of employees needed for the Britt expansion is not yet known.