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November 20, 2008

Sara Lee Corp. is closing its South Side kosher hot dog and meat processing plant, 1000 W. Pershing, leaving about 185 people without jobs.

The Downers Grove-headquartered food maker is exiting the kosher meat business, cutting its Best's Kosher, Sinai Kosher, Shofar and Wilno brands. Sara Lee -- which owns Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and Ball Park brands -- has been trimming brands to focus on areas of business in which it believes it can be most profitable. It sold its sauces and dressings business in September.

The kosher meat plant, as well as the Sinai Kosher outlet store located on the premises, will close on or before Jan. 30, the company said. Sara Lee plans to sell the facility and property.

Many other Sara Lee products, including bakery goods and coffee, are kosher but not marketed as such, a spokesman said.

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