Splenda maker pulling out of Alabama

MCINTOSH, Ala. (AP) - Sugar and sweeteners company Tate and Lyle PLC says it will close its Splenda plant in McIntosh, Ala.

About 120 workers will lose their jobs starting in late July.

The British-based company has manufactured the artificial sweetner for 10 years at the southwest Alabama plant.

Executives said the company decided to shift all sucralose production to a newer facility in Singapore to cut costs and enhance productivity.

The artificial sweetner is known generically as sucralose.

Chris Olsen, a spokesman, said layoffs could start at the end of July and the plant will completely cease operations by March.

Tate and Lyle on Thursday reported a 67 percent fall in full-year profit.

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