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Decatur dairy plant to close; 160 jobs eliminated

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DECATUR, Ind. (WPTA21) - The cooperative that runs a dairy processing plant in Decatur on Friday announced it will close the facility in September, eliminating 160 jobs.

Dairy Farmers of America said the decision was made "after a careful review of its manufacturing operations and due to changing market conditions."

The plant will be shut down on Sept. 10.

“Decisions like this that impact people’s livelihoods are never easy,” DFA Dairy Brands Ice Cream President Robin Galloway said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the financial challenges associated with running the facility are just too great.

"The employees here have done an excellent job producing quality ice cream products, and we sincerely appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

DFA’s Decatur facility manufactures select ice cream products for the Mayfield® Dairy, Dean’s Country Fresh® and Friendly’s® brand, and was acquired by DFA in 2020.

It was previously owned by Dean Foods.

DFA said it is "working with local agencies to identify employment opportunities and job placement services available" to workers.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC21 for additional details.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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