By Murray Bishoff
Thursday, March 7, 2013
.The Dairy Farmers of America milk processing plant in Monett will be ceasing operations later this year. Employees were told Wednesday that DFA would cease operations in the second half of the year, with some jobs ending in September. The plant employs 86 people.
“The plant is losing money,” said Larry Purdom, who serves on the DFA Board of Directors. “There’s not enough milk to run a full volume. Corn is the culprit. Dairy farmers can’t pay the feed bills.”
Randy McGinnis, the chief executive officer for the southeast region of DFA, was in Monett on Wednesday to make the announcement to employees. A public announcement was expected on Thursday.