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updated: 7/10/2018 12:01 PM

Dean Foods to close Illinois dairy plant

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HUNTLEY, Ill. -- The milk giant Dean Foods is closing one of its Illinois facilities this year.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter sent by the Texas-based corporation says 131 people will lose their jobs at the Huntley dairy plant and office. The Northwest Herald reports that the layoffs will occur Sept. 14-28.

The facility is one of several Dean Foods plants to close this year. In its 2017 annual investors report, the company attributed shutting down plants to decreased dairy consumption trends and a highly competitive industry.

Employees of the Huntley plant expressed disappointment, but declined to comment to the newspaper.

Dean Foods manufactures, markets and distributes dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, cream and ice cream.

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Information from: The Northwest Herald, http://www.nwherald.com

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