Country Fresh milk plant to close down in Livonia

Posted at 7:08 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 08:14:05-04
The Country Fresh milk processing plant in Livonia is closing. 
More than 150 employees are set to be out of a job by the end of August, and many have been working there for years. 
The workers are members of UAW Local 174 and their president says it's because of Walmart is going into its own milk production.

Country Fresh is owned by Dean Foods based in Texas. It is the second largest processor of fluid milk in the U.S. behind Nestle.

Dean Foods is closing a total of seven similar plants in seven states including Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Minnesota.

160 workers in Livonia are losing their jobs, but there is also a distribution center where the union president says some workers may be able to relocate.

But many of the workers are in their 50s and 60s and will have a tough time finding new jobs. 

The president says they have a meeting on July 11 with the company to work out severance terms, extended health care and pay based on their years of service.

7 Action News contacted Dean Foods in Texas for comment and have not heard back.