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Mayfield Dairy closing in Braselton
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Visitors to the Mayfield Dairy in Braselton in 2011 enjoy ice cream after concluding their tour. - photo by LeAnne Akin

Mayfield Dairy Farms is closing its Braselton plant, with layoffs of 108 workers starting Sept. 16.

The company expects the layoffs to continue until about Nov. 30, said Carleen Moscarelli, human resources manager, in a July 16 letter to Braselton Mayor Bill Orr.

“We expect the separations to be permanent,” states the letter, obtained Wednesday, Aug. 29, by The Times.

Moscarelli goes on to say Mayfield is “providing this notice to request, on behalf of our workers, any assistance you may provide to help locate employment opportunities in the community for the workers impacted by this plant closure.”

The letter lists all the positions and number of employees affected by the closing.

It doesn’t state, however, why the plant, which is at 1160 Broadway Ave., off Interstate 85, is shutting down.

Plant officials deferred comment to officials with Dean Foods, a Dallas-based company that owns Mayfield Dairy. Dean Foods officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Mayfield plant has been open at least a decade. Through most of those years, it operated a popular visitor center, where people could take tours and buy souvenirs and ice cream.

The visitor center closed in 2011 due to the slow economy, company officials said at the time. It reopened a year later, then announced earlier this year it was closing the center again Friday, Aug. 31.

“We have enjoyed serving the community and so many people from all over,” Mayfield posted on Facebook.

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