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He said the Madison plant plans to add a third shift on the hot dog lines, starting Monday, and is looking to hire about 30 more people. An Oscar Mayer spokeswoman could not be reached for comment. As for the future of the union, Leikness said he knows only that some of Heinz's ketchup Adidas Superstar Running Shoes
plants are also represented by the United Food Commercial Workers Union. The two companies also see potential in pushing their products more aggressively overseas. Although Kraft's sales are focused in North America, executives noted that its brands are well known Adidas Superstar Khaki Green
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But he said there is not really a Heinz brand that overlaps Oscar Mayer, and he said Buffett has a long history of acquiring firms with strong brands for stable, long term cash flow. "At this point, there is no clear information to suggest any direct impact on Madison," Posen said. "Anything that strengthens brands, like Oscar Mayer, in the long run, strengthens employment opportunities underneath those brands. "Madison union leader Leikness said he does not anticipate any threat to Oscar Mayer's Madison operations. "We're doing so good on hot dogs right now and our thin sliced (shaved meat) product lines, Adidas Superstar Athletic Shoe White/Iridescent we're hiring. Our productivity rates have gone through the roof," Leikness said.
around the world. Already, Heinz gets 61 percent of sales from outside North Am.
through, Kraft is expected to undergo cost cutting under the management of 3G Capital, which teamed up with Berkshire Hathaway two years ago to buy Heinz. John Cahill, CEO of Kraft, noted that the new management would drive a "much leaner organization," as was the case when 3G took over Heinz. He said 3G can "make this happen deeper and faster. "This type of merger is not a big surprise, said Hart Posen, associate professor of management at the UW Madison School of Business. "It reflects, in part, the need for bigger scale in this industry," he said. As far as the potential impact on Madison, Posen said it's too soon to know how the $1. 5 billion in annual savings will be accomplished.