Golden Guernsey plant shuts down; 113 employees left without work


by Elizabeth Fay

WAUKESHA -- Golden Guernsey employees and distribution workers showed up to Golden Guernsey Diary Processing Plant Monday morning to find the doors locked. Several employees came to collect their personal items and equipment after learning the Waukesha plant suddenly shut down.

Golden Guernsy's 113 employees left without work, and without an explanation. Thanks to state law they may be entitled to compensation. State law says the business is required to give employees a 60 day notice before it shuts down.

If an employee files a complaint, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will investigate the claim. MJ Distributions employee Steve Sheehan says, "We found out Saturday morning when we were heading out to another trailer, and they didn't let us get it."

This sudden closure has schools and grocery stores scrambling to find a supplier. Milk is still on the menu at Brookfield East High School, but the school is on its last shipment of Golden Guernsey milk. Elmbrook Schools Food and Nutrition Director says, "We should be stocked maybe up until the end of tomorrow. Then we have to work on coming up with a contract with a different milk company."




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