Campbell Soup Co. is about to put its doomed Sacramento factory up for sale.
Spokeswoman Carla Burigatto said Tuesday the company has hired commercial real estate broker CBRE to work on selling the plant, with a formal bidding process set to begin in late March.
As announced last September, Campbell is closing the 66-year-old plant this summer.
Among the likely bidders is Warren Smith, an entrepreneur also involved in bringing a pro soccer team to Sacramento.
Smith said he recently offered to buy the plant and keep it going with other food processors, but was turned down.
He said he'll try again to buy it when Campbell formally offers it for sale. However, he said it would be "a much slower pathway" to revive the plant once it shuts down.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency said it has received a grant of nearly $6 million to retrain victims of mass layoffs at Campbell, Comcast and other employers. The money comes from a discretionary fund overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown's office.
Call The Bee's Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.