NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — Trauth Dairy has made products for more than 90 years at its plant in Newport, but that will come to an end in August.
Trauth's owner, Dallas-based Dean Foods, announced Thursday that 80 people will lose their jobs when the plant ceases production Aug. 26. It will remain a distribution and administration center with 190 employees.
Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso told The Kentucky Enquirer that the facility, which encompasses five blocks, is a landmark that was run by the Trauth family before it was sold in 1998.
Dean Foods spokeswoman Liliana Esposito says the decision has nothing to do with the quality of work at the plant. She says "it was just a business decision."
She says Trauth products will still be in stores, but will be made at other Dean Food sites.