Immigration officials raid bakery of McDonald’s bun supplier and arrest 800 of their undocumented workersBy Emily Lewis 6:30 AM November 30, 2017
A company is scrambling to replenish their workforce after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials (ICE) raided their bakery and removed many workers.
The bakery, which is located in Chicago, Illinois, lost 800 of its workers after an immigration raid revealed that they were illegal immigrants.
The Cloverhill Bakery, which is owned by a Swiss company that makes hamburger buns for McDonald’s, said that ICE officials removed employees who were unable to provide sufficient documentation showing that they were legally in the country.
The bakery located in the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago is owned by Aryzta AG, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland.
They manufacture food products for fast food chains and supermarkets.
The company said its employees were supplied by a placement agency, which was under federal audits earlier this year, Bloomberg reported.
According to Kevin Toland, Chief Executive Officer of Aryzta, the company lost 35 percent of their workforce during the raid.
Toland added that that company suffered big losses in sales from North America after the raid as they need to hire and train a new workforce.
“The increase in employment costs is affecting retailers and restaurants nationwide and will eventually lead to higher consumer prices,” Toland added.