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Indiana dairy plant with 140 workers set to close

July 17, 2015

Dean Foods Co. of Indiana plans to shut down a northern Indiana diary plant this fall in a move that will eliminate nearly 140 jobs.

The company has notified state officials that it expects to close its plant in the city of Rochester in mid-October. The Dallas-based company says it expects the 138 job cuts to be permanent.

Dean Foods spokesman Dustin Cox told the Pharos-Tribune of Logansport that the decision to close was made to eliminate redundancy in the company's operations. Cox says the company will continue operations at its plants in the northeastern Indiana cities of Huntington and Decatur.

The company has had a Rochester plant since the 1950s. It packages milk, cottage cheese, sour cream and juices.

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