Department of Workforce Development to assist workers

CREATED Jan 7, 2013

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WAUKESHA - The Department of Workforce Development announced Monday it would take steps to assist workers affected by the unexpected closure of the Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha Saturday.

"Clearly, the closure of the plant was unexpected for the employees and the Waukesha community, and the abrupt nature of the act is particularly troubling," Secretary Newson said.  
Golden Guernsey President Brad Parks told Today'sTMJ4 a statement will be released surrounding the plant shutdown. He was unsure when that would take place.

"I'm going to have to wait for a few days and see what happens, but I'm sure I'll be out there looking for a new job." said Daryl Etzler. The Menominee Falls man has worked for the company for 33 years. He said he was told by a supervisor Saturday to stop what he was doing and to leave the plant because it was closed. He said that was the last time he has heard any information from Golden Guernsey.

Secretary Newson said DWD has scheduled Rapid Response orientation sessions for affected workers on Wednesday, January 16th and Thursday, January 17th. The sessions will be held at the Workforce Development Center, 892 Main Street, Suite A, Pewaukee.  Affected workers are asked to pre-register by calling 262-695-8041.