Complaint filed over Golden Guernsey milk plant closing
A displaced employee at the Golden Guernsey milk bottling plant in Waukesha has filed a complaint with state officials over the plant's sudden closing that left more than 100 people jobless.
The shutdown caused a flurry of activity over the weekend and Monday as school districts took inventory of their milk supply and worked to line up contracts with new providers.
It also resulted in the loss of at least 112 jobs at Golden Guernsey that's owned by OpenGate Capital, a Los Angeles private equity firm that acquired the dairy processor in 2011 from Dean Foods Co.
Workforce Development officials said they weren't given the required notice of the plant shutdown.
Under state law, employers must give 60 days notice of any shutdown to city and state officials if it involves a mass layoff.
OpenGate has not returned Journal Sentinel calls asking about the closing.
On Tuesday, Workforce Development officials said they received a complaint from displaced employee Robert J. Storm Jr. who said the plant closing wasn't unexpected but that employees should have been notified of the shutdown.
Late Tuesday, officials said they still had not heard anything from OpenGate.
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