It is the end of an era in Bergen County, with the famous Nabisco plant in Fairlawn closing its doors Friday. For more than 60 years, the plant has been one of the country’s largest producers of Oreo cookies and an employer of generations of families. Parent company Mondelez International confirmed the factory baked its final batch of cookies.
It’s unclear how many of the 600 employees will be without jobs; a company spokesperson said the majority retired, transferred within the company or found work elsewhere. The potential closure was announced in February, along with closure of another plant in Atlanta. The shock is still setting in for neighbors, who say they will miss the sweet smell of cookies, cakes and crackers that filled the air for so many years.