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Ice cream plant in Indiana to close next month

Associated Press
June 24, 2013
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An ice cream plant in northeastern Indiana that employs 140 people is closing by the end of next month.

The Journal Gazette reports Unilever announced Friday that it is closing its Good Humor-Breyers plant in Huntington. The company said it has too much manufacturing capacity and production will be moved to other Unilever ice cream sites.

Mayor Brooks Fetters said it is sad to see a plant that had been in town for 100 years leave.

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Local 835 President David Altman said it doesn't appear likely union members would be place on preferred hiring lists at other plants, saying they will receive severance packages.

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  • which one do we close
    Let's see: My brother, son, grandson, employee, fellow manager is gay. At this point, Indiana is not a good fit, so let's lose the one in Huntington. THe union rights are probably not the issue.
  • Plant closing
    What is NOT mentioned in this announcement is the likely outrageous cost burden the United Food & Commercial Workers Int'l Union placed on this plant. Deja vu of the Hostess company anyone? Huntington is a great town and I imagine the workers there enjoyed their jobs. Let's hope some other company wants to RISK buying this operation and offer the work force a fair wage without the burdensome union shackling them.
  • Sealtest plant closing
    This was the old Sealtest plant. 140 jobs in Huntington is a big thing. Hope other industries find this city is a great place to locate.

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