Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national milk marketing cooperative owned by family dairy farmers, announced this week that, after a careful review of its manufacturing operations and due to changing market conditions, it plans to idle its Hughson, California, manufacturing plant.
“Business decisions that impact people’s lives are never easy,” said Gary Stueve, DFA’s Chief Operating Officer, Western Area. “The employees at this facility have done an excellent job producing quality dairy ingredients, and we appreciate their hard work and dedication.”
The plant, where 34 people are currently employed, will idle production on Sept. 14, 2018. In order to help employees impacted by the plant idling, DFA will work with the union and employees to help them through this transition. Additionally, DFA is already working with local agencies to identify employment opportunities and job placement services available.
“This was a difficult decision, but we have a responsibility to our dairy farmer-owners to operate financially sound businesses that bring them additional returns on their investments in the Cooperative,” added Stueve.
The DFA manufacturing plant in Hughson produces condensed milk, cream and dry milk powder. DFA has owned the facility, built in 1911, since the Cooperative’s formation in 1998.