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Shuttered North Lawrence Dairy finds a buyer

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The North Lawrence Dairy plant ceased production of Breyers Yogurt just two weeks ago with no definite plans to reopen--but now the shuttered plant has found a new buyer. Not a lot of details have emerged yet, but Nora Flaherty has this report on what we know so far:

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The Buffalo-based Upstate Niagara Cooperative signed a deal Thursday to buy the plant, which shut its doors April 29th after more than a century in business.

Brian Hammond is the president of Teamsters local 687, the union that represents many of the plant’s workers. He says the negotiations for the sale were ongoing right up until Thursday afternoon…and there’s good news for at least some:

We were able to secure a contract, basically a pre-purchase contract, and we’re waiting on word on who they going to hire from our original unit.

Hammond says Upstate Niagara plans to hire at least 25 workers.

Once we receive that roster we’ll be able to continue that contract as negotiated.

But the union did have to make some, as yet unspecified, concessions:

There were certain things in the prior contract that this company just couldn’t agree to that would have prevented the purchase. So those details were worked out and brought us here today.

Upstate Niagara’s spokesperson wasn’t available for comment on the sale, but Hammond says the company plans to make yogurt at North Lawrence, and they’re looking to start production by August. Upstate Niagara makes cottage cheese, sour cream and yogurt and sells its products under the Bison and Upstate brands.

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