66 Hazelwood Prairie Farms Dairy plant workers lose jobs

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Dozens of workers at a Hazelwood Prairie Farms Dairy plant came into work Friday only to find out that they had lost their jobs effective immediately.  66 workers were given pink slips.

Workers left the plant with their belongings Friday.  Hazelwood police outside of the plant which is on Lindbergh.  Police say they were asked to be there by Prairie Farms in case there were problems. They tell us there were none.

Workers say they were given no notice of the layoff- a fact confirmed by the company`s CEO Ed Mullins.  There was a 7am meeting this morning where workers got the news.

Mullins says giving no advanced notice of a layoff is not uncommon. He also tells us the shutdown boils down to increasing costs and decreasing milk consumption.

A longtime worker we spoke with who lost his job was nearly in tears. “I’m worried about my livelihood. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m 52 years old. I want to work, I’m a hard worker, I try to do the best job I can,” said worker John Rossfeld.

The plant produces and distributes milk products. The layoffs came in the production area.

Mullins says part of the facility will stay open and employ about 60 workers. Mullins says the laid off workers will receive two months pay, a severance package, and compensation for vacation and sick days.

Prairie farms has 36 production facilities in 17 states mostly in the Midwest.