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Posted: Monday, May 13th 2013 at 2:22pm

Schreiber plans to close facility in Gainesville

By Derreck Booth Editor
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GAINESVILLE - Calling it an extremely difficult decision, the Schreiber Foods Director of Communications Monday confirmed the company's decision to close its Gainesville operation, beginning with about 115 layoffs later this year.

"Competition and increasing pressure to reduce costs are really requiring us to maximize the efficiency of our networks and those are a few of the things that really played into the decision," Andrew Tobisch said.

The approximately 115 layoffs are scheduled to culminate on August 4, 2013, with a portion of the plant discontinuing operations. Tobisch said the remainder of the plant and distribution center will continue to operate for an undetermined period.

"(It) most likely will shut down within the next year. We currently expect that to be in April of 2014," Tobisch said.

Overall there are 250 people impacted by the decision, according to Tobisch.

Tobisch said the company's White Sulphur Road operation had been around for about a decade. He said it primarily produces cheese products, both natural and singles.

He said the company is offering separation packages, employee assistance programs and job services support. He said there are opportunities to relocate, but the company's nearest operations are in Missouri.

"There would be some relocation assistance provided for them, so if they do want to stay with Schreiber they can apply with jobs at our other facilities."

Tobisch said the closing decision was entirely for business reasons and had nothing to do with the performance of the Hall County operation.

"They've built a tradition of quality and service and have had a positive impact on the plant, the distribution center and Schreiber as a whole," Tobisch said.

The Green Bay, Wisconsin, employee-owned dairy company has locations in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.
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