President confirms dairy plant shutdown in Waukesha
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WAUKESHA - A dairy plant in Waukesha that provides milk to hundreds of schools and thousands of kids has suddenly closed.
Golden Guernsey President Brad Parks has confirmed to TODAY'S TMJ4 the plant has closed, though he wouldn't confirm that 112 employees have lost their jobs. He calls it an 'ongoing' process.
It's just not grocery stores that are watching their supply of Golden Guernsey evaporate.
Mapleton Dairy Haulers' Lynn Hiemke's company supplies 360 Wisconsin schools with milk. Now, he has no where to buy it after the Golden Guernsey plant unexpectedly shutdown Saturday.
We're told Hiemke's company has arranged for a new supplier for Milwaukee-area schools. So, there won't be any disruption for now.
It's parent company isn't saying why they closed the doors.
"We're talking to other dairies trying to line something up," Hiemke says. "I don't know how quickly I can do that."
Golden Guernsey's former owner was forced to sell the company to a California-based investment firm. The federal government says it would have too much control of milk sales to schools if they kept the Waukesha plant.
"Everyone was worried right away when that happened, especially to sell to an investment company who never owned a dairy before," Hiemke says.
Cindy Fassbender is in charge of food service for schools in Slinger. She says she found out Sunday she'll get one more delivery. It's not going to last.
"Children must have milk with their lunch," Fassbender says.
They expect to run out of milk Wednesday.