Last week, Vice President of Regional Operations for Saputo Cheese, Bernie Moen, updated city hall on their scheduled plant closure.
Moen sent his correspondence via email to Mayor Gary Hanke, Council President John Romberg, Dave Morack and City Administrator Kent Hager.
Moen said they notified employees that the last date of cheese projection would be May 30. He reported that will be the last date of employment for the majority of the employees.
A preliminary meeting with the Department of Workforce Development and employees took place on April 29 to provide resources available for helping with their job transitions. Moen said a more detailed meeting with DWD and unemployment representatives is set for May 20.
He reported that the union agreed to a severance package and they have seen a fair amount of employees with external job offers.
He also reported that a crew would stay on until mid-July to finish the aging and curing process for the remaining cheese in inventory.
Moen said the majority of water, wastewater and power reductions would come after May 30.
He reported that all operations including the cooling system shut down and close out with the DNR by Aug. 23.
In an earlier meeting with officials, Moen had also assured the city that the building would be maintained and kept secure after the closing.
The company is also working with New London Public Museum Director Christine Cross, to preserve any artifacts and photos donated from the plant that the museum is interested in.