02/03/2015 04:34 EST | Updated 02/03/2015 04:59 EST

Wrigley To Close Canadian Chewing Gum Factory, Move Jobs To Georgia

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UNITED STATES - APRIL 28: Wrigley's chewing gum and M&M's candy are arranged for a photo in New York, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2008. Mars Inc. agreed to purchase Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. for $23 billion, with financing from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., combining the world's biggest maker of chewing gum with the producer of M&Ms chocolate. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

TORONTO — Wrigley Canada is closing its Toronto gum factory next year, putting 383 people out of work.

The company says the plant will be shut down in March 2016.

Wrigley says those affected will be offered severance package, career transition support and paid time to attend other job interviews and counselling.

All production from the Toronto plant will be shifted to its facility in Gainesville, Ga.

In a statement, Wrigley says the closure is due to declining gum sales over the past few years.

It adds that the company's Canadian head office, which employs 1,200 people, will remain in Toronto.

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