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Schreiber Foods to lay off 115, close Gainesville plant
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After making tough decisions based on efficiency concerns, Schreiber Foods confirmed it will close its Gainesville location, which will result in 115 layoffs this fall.

“Any time you have to make a decision like this, it’s extremely difficult,” said Andrew Tobisch, director of communications.

The layoffs are scheduled to occur on Aug. 4, while a part of the plant ceases operations. The rest of the plant is expected to continue business as usual until April 2014, Tobisch said.

This employee-owned dairy company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., and has locations in the United States, Austria, Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico and Uruguay. While evaluating lower-cost operations and consolidation, the company decided to close the plant to better meet consumer needs.

“Ultimately, we needed to make a move to really help ensure our ability to meet our customers’ requirements,” Tobisch said.

Employees at the plant on White Sulphur Road will be offered separation packages, which include employee assistance programs, job services support and relocation options. The nearest location outside of Gainesville is in Missouri.

A total of about 250 people will be affected.

Tobisch said the decision was based upon company needs and does not reflect the working efforts of the Gainesville center.

“We looked at the overall makeup of our product categories, and as we looked at our distribution network and our production network, it just made the most sense for us to consolidate that capacity in a different area of the United States,” Tobisch said. “The decision wasn’t about the efforts of the employees at the plant or the distribution center.”

Tobisch said that in nearly a decade of operation, the Hall County plant built a tradition of service and had a great impact on the company overall.