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Saputo Cheese to Close New London Dairy Plant
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/27/2014

The Montreal-based Saputo announced Wednesday it will close four production facilities this year, including one of its Wisconsin locations. The company said in a press release that the New London plant is among the locations that are shutting down, but did not give a time frame of when that will happen or how many employees will be affected.

The move is part of an effort to improve efficiency, said Sandy Vassiadis, director of corporate communications for Saputo. Other facilities to be closed include a plant in Hancock, Md., and two others in Canada.

The Wisconsin plant currently employs about 80 full-time workers. New London Mayor Gary Henke said in an email to the press that layoffs are expected to begin later this summer.

Workers will be provided with severance and outplacement support. Some will be offered the opportunity to be transferred to other Saputo locations.

Saputo produces cheese, milk, and cream products. The company purchased the New London plant in 1998.

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