by Brian Hayden, Johnson Newspapers
Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 3:11PM EST
NORTH LAWRENCE — For the first time in more than a century, the hamlet will be without a dairy plant.
The closing of North Lawrence Dairy Inc. means about 100 people will lose their jobs, according to Brian K. Hammond, president of Teamsters Local 687. The closure is a result of Healthy Food Holdings' loss of a contract to produce Breyers brand yogurt here.
Healthy Food Holdings said it lost its licensing agreement with Breyers owner Unilever. The plant also will stop producing Breakstone's cottage cheese. Breakstone's is a division of Kraft.
"This is in no way a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our North Lawrence Dairy employees," Breyers spokeswoman Andrea S. Rose said. "We are committed to treating our employees with fairness and respect."
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