THOMASVILLE, GA. — Flowers Foods, Inc. has announced it will close Flowers Baking Co. of Opelika on Dec. 20, citing “production inefficiencies and decreased volume.” The facility employs 146.

The baking plant is located in Opelika, Ala., and bakes hot dog buns, hamburger buns and brown-and-serve rolls. Production will shift to other Flowers’ locations, the company said.

“This was a very difficult decision because we know it affects our team members and because the bakery has been a part of Opelika since the 1930s,” said Michael Lord, general manager of Flowers Baking Co. of Opelika. “However, in the last few years, our volume has reduced significantly, and in today’s changing and competitive environment, it’s necessary that the company channel production to more efficient, higher-speed bakeries. We have an incredible team, and we appreciate all their hard work and dedication. To assist during their transition, we’re providing a competitive severance package and offering job counseling and assistance through local and state agencies.”