Golden Guernsey files for bankruptcy; employees file complaint

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by Laura Matovina

WAUKESHA -- The Department of Workforce Development will be looking into the abrupt shutdown of a Waukesha dairy plant.

On Saturday, workers at Golden Guernsey Dairy were told the plant was closing and they were out of a job.

A group has now filed a complaint on the behalf of those workers, claiming Golden Guernsey did not provide them notice of a closure.

If the DWD finds the plant did not offer any warning, workers will be entitled to back pay and some benefits.

CBS 58 has also learned Golden Guernsey closed its doors because it is filing for bankruptcy.

The weekend shutdown left more than 100 people without a job and forced local school districts and grocery stores to scramble for a new milk supplier.

In a statement, Open Gate Capital, a private investment firm that took over Golden Guernsey two years ago said the company did all it could to reduce its costs by meeting with suppliers, vendors and the labor union, but the company's efforts were rejected. Open Gate Capital said that resulted in the shutdown.

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