North Lawrence, NY, Apr 29, 2011 — Several months after the company that owns the North Lawrence dairy announced they'd be shutting down operations, today is the last day of production at the plant. Nora Flaherty has more.
It was back in January when healthy food holdings said that they’d be closing down the plant over the next few months. They’ll be laying off 132 workers. But Lawrence town supervisor Victor Burnett says the closure won’t just affect those who lose their jobs:
It’s going to affect the local economy, obviously—the employees buy gas, shop at the store, patronize the local restaurants. It’s going to affect the town quite a bit.
The company has shifted its planned dates for the shutdown a few times, but a spokesperson for the was able to confirm this week that today would be the last day of production.
Many of the plant’s employees have already been let go, most will be laid off after today, and a few will be retained to complete the shutdown. The North Lawrence dairy has been owned by a few different companies over the years, and Burnett and others are hoping someone else will buy it, and put the laid-off employees back to work.
For North Country Public Radio, I’m Nora Flaherty.