Madison, other schools scramble to find milk supplies

Golden Guernsey plant closes over the weekend with little warning

Published On: Jan 07 2013 03:52:23 PM CST
Glass of milk
WAUKESHA, Wis. -

The closing of a Waukesha dairy processing plant has schools and grocers scrambling to find alternative milk suppliers.

The Golden Guernsey plant that supplied their milk closed over the weekend with little warning. Mapleton Dairy Haulers president Lynn Hiemke in Oconomowoc expects there will be a lot of schools without milk Monday.

Madison school officials said deliveries were made Friday and they heard about the plant closing over the weekend, so they were able to make arrangements with another vendor for schools that didn’t get Friday deliveries. The district is working with the vendor on continuing service and they said they’re confident there will not be a break in service.

The Golden Guernsey plant had been under the ownership of a Los Angeles private equity firm since last year. Open Gate Capital bought the operation from Dean Foods, which was required to sell it to satisfy antitrust concerns.

Workers tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the plant employed about 100 people. State labor officials say they were not notified of the closure, which is required by law.