Schools scramble to find alternative milk supplies
January 7, 2013 (WAUKESHA, Wis.) -- The closing of a Waukesha dairy processing plant has schools and grocers scrambling to find alternative milk suppliers.
The Golden Guernsey plant that supplied their milk closed over the weekend with little warning. Mapleton Dairy Haulers president Lynn Hiemke in Oconomowoc expects there will be a lot of schools without milk Monday.
The Golden Guernsey plant had been under the ownership of a Los Angeles private equity firm since last year. Open Gate Capital bought the operation from Dean Foods, which was required to sell it to satisfy antitrust concerns.
Workers tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the plant employed about 100 people. State labor officials say they were not notified of the closure, which is required by law.
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